The Rio Grande National Forest invites public input on the Proposed Action for the forest plan revision. The Proposed Action is not a proposed plan; the public will help develop the proposed plan through input on the Proposed Action. Public input will also help identify issues and develop alternatives to the proposed plan that will be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement.
The U.S. Navy has applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to continue to use the site of the Fallon Range Training Complex and to expand it to include more than 600,000 acres of additional public land. As a result of the Navy’s withdrawal application, the BLM has segregated the proposed expansion area from appropriation under the public land laws. The two-year segregation is obligatory while the Navy prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on its expansion and extension proposals for the Fallon site about 65 miles east of Reno.
The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses at district offices on the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in September and October to provide the public with opportunities to talk with forest staff about local issues, district projects, and forest plan revision.
The open houses will have a flexible format, allowing the public to come at any time during the specified hours and talk directly with Forest staff one-on-one. District rangers and members of the forest plan revision team will be present from 3 to 6 pm on each of the following days and locations:
Editor’s Note: Don Amador of the BlueRibbon Coalition sent out a note regarding the California Parks and Recreation department holding an open house and the opportunity for OHV enthusiasts to voice their opinions. See the details below.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has announced a public invitation to attend an open house to learn about the effort to review DPR’s organization structure.
Anyone interested in trail use and motorized recreation in Kabetogama State Forest in St. Louis County is encouraged to attend an open house Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 5;00 to 8:00 p.m., at the American Legion, 4543 U.S. Highway 53 in Orr, the Department of Natural Resources said.
The open house will provide an opportunity to submit comments and suggestions about trail use at Kabetogama State Forest. DNR staff will be available to answer questions and provide maps of existing trails.
According to news release sent over recently from the BlueRibbon Coalition, the San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District in Colorado is extending the public comment period on the draft environmental analysis for the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails Travel Management Project. The project area is located north of Dolores, Colorado, and includes the Bear Creek, Taylor Mesa, Calico National Recreation Trail, Bolam Pass, the Divide road and Groundhog Point areas.
A 45-day comment period that began on Friday, May 6, was originally scheduled to end on June 20, 2016. This date has been extended to July 15, 2016, (an additional 25 days). Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be obtained at the Dolores Public Lands Office or by visiting the website below. Five alternatives address motor-vehicle use on San Juan National Forest roads and trails.
BOISE, ID — Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, recently slammed the decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada. The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.
Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains BRC’s concerns focus on final decisions announced late last week related to the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS), involving public lands in Nevada and eastern California. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Plan amendment includes approximately 426,809 acres of bi-state DPS habitat managed by the Forest Service. The BLM’s Nevada California Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA)/Record of Decision (ROD) includes about 280,000 acres of public land located in Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, and Mineral counties in Nevada and Alpine and Mono Counties in California.
Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding public input on Soldiers Pass Near Sedona, Arizona. See below for more information.
The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest is asking for public comments as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate revising management of motorized use on the Soldiers Pass Road near Sedona, Arizona.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is seeking public input on a range of preliminary alternatives to be considered in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) Environmental Assessment. The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Medford District Office has announced that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Draft Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for a 45-day public review. The draft TMP/EA describes and analyzes four alternatives for future management of the monument transportation system.