MIDDLE CREEK/UTE ANALYSIS AREA

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IN THE MIDDLE CREEK/UTE ANALYSIS AREA

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests

The Yampa Ranger District requests your input on the Rangeland Management in the Middle Creek/Ute Analysis Area. The Yampa Ranger District proposes to continue to permit livestock grazing within the Middle Creek/Ute analysis area under an adaptive management strategy that will meet or move toward Forest Plan desired conditions and project-specific desired conditions. The proposed action is designed to:

  • Meet or adequately move toward Forest Plan desired conditions

  • Provide adaptive management flexibility

  • Contribute positively to the general economic and social vitality of the local area

  • Continue improving resource trends or maintain currently satisfactory resource conditions as appropriate

The proposed action will result in the development of new allotment management plans (AMPs) for the allotments in the analysis area. These AMPs are simply implementing documents for the alternative selected in the Decision Notice.

The selected alternative will contain a monitoring plan to allow determination as to whether actions are being implemented as planned, and if so, if the desired results are being attained. Based on monitoring findings, livestock grazing management may be adjusted within specified adaptive management limits as described in the EA and the Decision Notice.

The analysis area is located in the western area of the Yampa District, approximately 15 miles west of Yampa, in Rio Blanco and Routt County, Colorado. The analysis area includes two allotments which are currently permitted for sheep: Middle Creek and Ute. The legal location is as follows: Township 3 North, Range 87 West, Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 21.

Comments may be mailed, faxed, e-mailed, hand-delivered, phoned in, or orally delivered to office staff weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except holidays. Written comments must be postmarked by the Postal Service, e-mailed, faxed, or otherwise submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the 30th calendar day following publication of this Legal Notice in the Steamboat Pilot. Hand delivered comments must be time and date imprinted at the above address/office by the close of business on the 30th calendar day following publication of this Legal Notice in the Steamboat Pilot.

The publication date in the newspaper of record (Steamboat Pilot) is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Please submit site-specific comments that can be used to further refine the proposed action.

Written comments should be addressed to: Yampa Ranger District, Attn: Jack Lewis, PO Box 7, Yampa, Colorado 80483. The fax number is 970-638-4635.

Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during normal business hours via telephone 970-638-4516 or in person, or at an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to comments-rocky-mountain-medicine-bow-yampa@fs.fed.us. When submitting comments on the web, the SUBJECT LINE must be "Middle Creek/Ute AMP" to ensure proper routing. For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgment of the receipt of the comments, it is the sender's responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6(a)(3).

Project information can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbr/projects and you are encouraged to use this site for all your participation in the analysis. For additional information please contact Josh Voorhis at 970-638-4516 or by email at jvoorhis@fs.fed.us.

Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today

Publication Date: May 15, 2011

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Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today Publication Date: May 15, 2011

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