Forest Service, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
Yampa Ranger District
On May 10, 2011 Jack H. Lewis, District Ranger on the Yampa Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland signed the Trout Creek Fish Barrier Decision Notice authorizing the construction of a fish barrier in Trout Creek. A concrete structure will be placed in Trout Creek 200 feet upstream of Sheriff Reservoir preventing upstream migrating fish from entering and moving past the barrier. The analysis area is located approximately 10 miles west of Yampa, CO in Rio Blanco County. The legal location is as follows: SW, NW, S14, T2N R87W.
The Decision Notice and Environmental Assessment are available for review at the Yampa Ranger District, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, (P.O. Box 7) 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO 80483 or on the following website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbr/projects
Once at the website scroll down to the project named Trout Creek Fish Barrier. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from : Jack H. Lewis, District Ranger, Yampa Ranger District, (P.O. Box 7) 300 Roselawn Avenue, Yampa, CO 80483 or at 970-638-4516.
How to Appeal Decision and Timeframe
Individuals or organizations who submitted comments during the comment period may appeal this decision (36 CFR 215.6). The appeal must be filed (regular mail, fax, email, hand delivery, or express delivery) with the Appeal Deciding Office. The Appeal Deciding Officer's Address is as follows: USDA, Forest Service, Region 2, Attn: Appeal Deciding Officer, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401-4720.
The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered appeals are 8:00 until 5:00, Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Electronic appeals must be submitted in a format such as an email message or Word (docx.) to email@example.com 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.
Appeals, including attachments must be filed within 45 days from the publication of this legal notice in Steamboat Pilot, which is the newspaper of record (36 CFR 215.9). The publication in the Steamboat Pilot is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. If no appeals are received, this project may be implemented on, but not before, five business days after the close of the appeal period. If an appeal is filed, implementation of this decision will not occur until 15 days following the date of the appeal decision. When no substantive comments expressing concerns or only supportive comments are received, the decision is not subject to appeal pursuant to Sec. 215.12.
Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today
Publication Date: May 22, 2011