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May 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Forest Service officials are seeking public comments on a Proposed Amendment to the Land Management Plans for the four Southern California National Forests (including the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County as well as the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino Forests.  The Proposed Amendment would modify existing land use zones allocations in selected roadless areas to include more back country non-motorized and recommended wilderness areas.  An alternate monitoring framework is also proposed. 


Several public meetings are planned, including a May 31 meeting in Ramona and a June 5 meeting in Alpine.  Written public comments will also be accepted until June 11.  Full details of the proposed action can be found on the project webpage at:http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35130

This Proposed Amendment to the Land Management Plan is part of the Settlement Agreement approved January 3, 2011, in the case of California Resources Agency, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture, and Center for Biological Diversity, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture.
Public Meetings
The four national forests will be hosting multiple open houses during the 45-day scoping period that began April 27.  The content and format of each meeting will be identical; however each forest will be presenting information specific to what the Proposed Amendment means locally.  Forest Service staff officers will be available to answer questions, and maps of the proposed changes will be available for viewing.  The meeting times and locations are:
  • May 29, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 (Los Padres National Forest)
  • May 30, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Angeles National Forest Headquarters, 701 North Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006 (Angeles National Forest)
  • May 31, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Santa Maria Red Cross, 3030 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455 (Los Padres National Forest)
  • May 31, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office, 33708 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510 (Angeles National Forest)
  • May 31, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, San Bernardino National Forest Headquarters, 602 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92408 (San Bernardino National Forest)
  • May 31, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Palomar Ranger District Office, 1634 Black Canyon Road, Ramona, CA 92065 (Cleveland National Forest)
  • June 1, 2012, 1:00 PM to 4 PM, Frazier Park Library, 3732 Park Drive, Frazier Park, CA 93225 (Los Padres National Forest)
  • June 5, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Descanso Ranger District office, 3348 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901 (Cleveland National Forest)
  • June 5, 2012, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Trabuco Ranger District office, 1147 E. 6th Street, Corona, CA 92879 (Cleveland National Forest)
How to Comment
The public is encouraged to participate in the process.  Comments should be received within 45 calendar days of the publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register.  The Notice of Intent was published on Friday, April 27, 2012, and the comment period closes on Monday June 11, 2012.  Send written comments to:
Cleveland National Forest
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92127-2107
ATTN: LMP Amendment
Comments may be sent via e-mail to socal_nf_lmp_amendment@fs.fed.us, or filed through the project web page athttp://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=35130
For further information, contact Project Manager Bob Hawkins at socal_nf_lmp_amendment@fs.fed.us  or visit the project website athttp://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php?project=35130


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