Sierra National Forest Motorized Travel Management DEIS Update

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Date: 05/01/2009 pstrongBLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!/strong/p pstrongDear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,/strong/p pstrongSierra National Forest Motorized Travel Management DEIS Update/strong/p pThe Sierra National Forest, located in east central California, has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Travel Management, formerly known as OHV Route Designation.nbsp; The DEIS is available for public review and comment through June 15, 2009./p pThe DEIS displays five alternatives (No Action and 4 Action Alternatives) that propose to:br / 1) Designate a Motorized Transportation System that includes roads, trails, and areas br / 2) Prohibits cross country travelbr / 3) Considers including unauthorized routes (user created) in the designated system br / 4) Discloses the season of use and determines what type of motorized vehicles can operate on roads, trails, and areas in the Sierra National Forest/p pIn order to help the public understand the contents of the DEIS, the Forest Service will be holding a series of information workshops.nbsp; All workshops will begin with an Open House from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.nbsp; At 6:30 pm there will be a presentation on the DEIS, followed by a workshop for those wanting more information.nbsp;nbsp; The schedule of workshops is as follows:/p bInformational Meetings/b p bDate/b bLocation/b bTime/b bPurpose/b Tuesday May 5 Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Road 425B Oakhurst, CA 4:30-6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop Wednesday May 6 Madera Community College Room AV-1-114 A 30277 Avenue 12 Madera, CA 93638 4:30 -6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop Thursday May 7 Visalia Convention Center Charter Oak Room #D 303 E. Acequia Ave. Visalia, CA 93291 4:30-6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop Monday May 11 Mariposa County Government Center Board of Supervisors Chambers 5100 Bullion Street Mariposa, CA 95338 4:30-6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop Tuesday May 12 Foothill Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 29147 Auberry Rd. Prather, CA 93651 4:30-6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop Wednesday May 13 Clovis Veterans Memorial Bldg Independence Room 808 4th Street Clovis, CA 93612 4:30-6pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Open House Presentation on the DEIS Workshop /p bDrop-In Sessions/b p bDate/b bLocation/b bTime/b bPurpose/b Tuesday May 26 Bass Lake Ranger Station 57003 Road 225 North Fork, CA 93643 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Wednesday May 27 High Sierra Ranger Station 29688 Auberry Road Prather, CA 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Thursday May 28 Supervisorrsquo;s Office 1600 Tollhouse Road Clovis, CA 93611 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Saturday May 30 Bass Lake Ranger Station 57003 Road 225 North Fork, CA 93643 10am ndash; 3pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 10am-3pm to ask questions about the DEIS Tuesday June 9 Bass Lake Ranger Station 57003 Road 225 North Fork, CA 93643 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Wednesday June 10 High Sierra Ranger Station 29688 Auberry Road Prather, CA 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Thursday June 11 High Sierra Ranger Station 29688 Auberry Road Prather, CA 4-8pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 4amp;8 pm to ask questions about the DEIS Saturday June 13 High Sierra Ranger Station 29688 Auberry Road Prather, CA 10am ndash; 3pm Public is invited to drop-in anytime between 10am-3pm to ask questions about the DEIS /p If you plan on attending the informational workshops, and have a special accessibility need, please contact Sue Exline at (559) 297-0706, ext. 4804 for accommodations. pCopies of the DEIS are available at Sierra National Forest offices, at the public workshops or by sending a request to sierra.route@fs.fed.us with quot;Document Requestquot; in the subject line. The document can be requested on a CD or Printed Copy (limited amounts available).nbsp; Please make sure to include a mailing address where you want the document sent./p pnbsp;The DEIS and maps are also available on-line atnbsp;nbsp; www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/projects/ohv/index.shtml/p pComments will be accepted electronically or by mail. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than June 15, 2009./p pWhile comments may be submitted anytime during the analysis process, only those who submit timely commentsnbsp; or otherwise express interest during the comment period will have eligibility to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.nbsp;/p pstrongMail and Hand Deliver Comments To:/strongbr / nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Sierra National Forestbr / nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Attn: Travel Management Project Leaderbr / nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1600 Tollhouse Roadbr / nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Clovis, CA 93611/p pThe office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays./p pstrongEmail Comments To:/strongbr / nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; sierra.route@fs.fed.usnbsp;nbsp;/p pPut quot;strongMotorized Travel Comments/strongquot; in the subject line of e-mail comments. Acceptable formats are email message, MS Word (.doc), plain text (.txt), or rich text format (.rtf). Comments should include your name and address./p p style="text-align: center"strongCOMMENT DEADLINE IS JUNE 15, 2009/strong/p pstrongJUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!/strong/p pstrongThanks in advance for your support,/strongbr / Ric Fosterbr / Public Lands Department Managerbr / BlueRibbon Coalitionbr / 208-237-1008 ext 107/pimg src="http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~r/BlueRibbonCoalition/~4/y5IDmPeq_mI" height="1" width="1"/





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