FOREST SERVICE RELEASES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THREE SISTERS FALLS TRAILS AND RESOURCE ISSUES

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East County News Service

June 6, 2016 (Descanso) -- The Forest Service has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Three Sisters Falls Recreation Management project, and we are asking you to review it and provide comments. This project was developed to establish a trailhead and trails along Boulder Creek Road and address public safety and resource issues in the Three Sisters Falls area. The draft EA is available on the Cleveland National Forest’s project webpage, listed below, or by clicking here. Hard copies are available from the project leader, identified below.

http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46285

Comments received by July 5th will be assured consideration in the next phase of project planning. Publication is anticipated on June 3, 2016.

Comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal and will be available for public inspection (40 CFR 1501.7 and 1508.22; Forest Service Handbook 1909.15, section 21). The decision on this project will be subject to pre-decisional objection procedures pursuant to 36 CFR 218.

The draft EA provides analysis of the effects of three alternatives, which consist of a No Action alternative, a Proposed Action alternative, and a Complete Closure alternative. We are particularly interested in hearing about any potential issues which are defined as points of discussion, dispute, or debate about the effects of the Proposed Action. Your participation will help the interdisciplinary team develop effective, issue-driven alternatives and mitigations to the Proposed Action as needed.

We encourage electronic comments to comments-cleveland@fs.fed.us. Put the project name “Three Sisters Falls Recreation Management” in the subject line; attachments may be in the following formats: plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc, .docx), or portable document format (.pdf).

Written comments can be submitted via fax to (760) 788-6130; mailed to Chris Dowling, ATTN: Lee Hamm, Cleveland National Forest, 1634 Black Canyon Rd, Ramona, CA, 92065; or hand delivered during normal business hours (8am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday). For more project information, contact project leader Lee Hamm at (760) 788-0250 or rhamm@fs.fed.us.

 


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