ARIZONA-FS Proposing Changes to Santa Catalina Ranger District Motorized Travel System

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May 09, 2012 6:28 PM

The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Santa Catalina Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended). The first step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is "scoping," during which the public is asked to help identify issues, concerns and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Comments received during scoping will be reviewed and used by Forest resource specialists to analyze

ARIZONA - FS Proposing Changes to Santa Catalina Ranger District Motorized Travel System

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Santa Catalina Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended).

The first step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is "scoping," during which the public is asked to help identify issues, concerns and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Comments received during scoping will be reviewed and used by Forest resource specialists to analyze project effects, and as necessary, to develop mitigation measures, issues and alternatives. Other opportunities for public involvement in the NEPA process will be offered by future meetings and document reviews.

Scoping documents along with maps showing the proposed changes are available for public review at the District Office at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. in Tucson, and at the Forest Supervisor's Office at 300 West Congress Street in Tucson. They are also available on the Forest's project website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29215.

To be most useful, your comments should be submitted by July 30, 2012. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to Mr. Joshua Taiz, Travel Management Project Leader, Santa Catalina Ranger District, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750; by facsimile to "ATTN: Santa Catalina Travel Management NEPA" at (520) 749-7723; and by electronic mail (email) to comments-southwestern-coronado@fs.fed.us with "Santa Catalina Travel Management NEPA" in the subject line. Email comments may be sent in the body of the message, in rich text format (.rtf) or in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). Please direct telephone comments to Mr. Taiz at (520) 749-7703.

Comments may also be submitted electronically through the Coronado National Forest's website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=29215. To do this, select "Comment on Project" in the "Get Connected" box. You may also indicate here that you would like to receive electronic updates about this project by selecting the "Subscribe to Email Updates" link.

Questions about the NEPA process may be directed to Ms. Andrea W. Campbell, Forest NEPA Coordinator, at (520) 388-8352.

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

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 


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