CALIFORNIA – Plumas NF Releases Over-Snow Vehicle Use DEIS for Public Review & Comment

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The Forest Service is seeking comments on the Plumas National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This DEIS discloses the comparative analysis of options being considered in designating snow areas and trails, and snow trails where grooming would occur, for public OSV use on the Plumas National Forest.

The Notice of Availability (NOA) was published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2018, this began the 45-day comment period which ends December 10, 2018. Comments will be accepted during several public open house events being planned for late November. Submitting project specific written comments now allows the Forest Service time to review and consider your comments before completing the final EIS and draft record of decision which are expected in April 2019. The DEIS is available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=47124.

This project is subject to the pre-decisional administrative review process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Only individuals or entities (as defined by 36 CFR 218.2) who submit timely, project specific written comments during a public comment period will be eligible to file an objection. Comments should be written within the scope of the proposed actions, have a direct relationship to the proposed actions, and must include supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider (36 CFR 218.2).

Electronic comments must be submitted through the web-based Comment and Analysis Response Application (CARA) located at the project specific website provided above. Attachments to comments must be submitted in one of the following three formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf), or Adobe portable document format (.pdf). Comments submitted to email addresses other than CARA, in other formats than those listed above, or emails containing viruses will be rejected.

Comments may be mailed, delivered, or faxed to the Plumas National Forest, Attn: Katherine Carpenter, 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., FAX (530) 283-7746).

Sharetrails/BRC is working with local clubs and organizations in the area to review the DEIS and finalize comments. We believe it extremely important for Over Snow Vehicle users who have knowledge of historical-use patterns to attend the meetings and review the proposed action maps!

For additional information regarding this project, contact Katherine Carpenter, Forest Environmental Coordinator at the Plumas National Forest address above or at (530) 283-7742; or kacarpenter@fs.fed.us.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact ST/BRC.

Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2