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Do you like to run trails on the National Forests in Arizona???

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by FWP, May 8, 2003.

  1. FWP

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    You might want to check this out, the Forest Service is at it again /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/ohv/index.html
     
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    Rob, would you make this sticky, make sure everyone gets a chance to read it and submit comments if they want.

    Deadline for public comments is June 13th.

    If anyone does write, please make mention to keep all rock laden washes open to our sport /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif, as it is the perfect place to wheel, very little impact, if any at all......

    Here is the summary from the site if you don't want to click the link...

    "The DEIS considers if and how cross-country travel by off-highway vehicles (OHVs) should occur on five national forests. The proposed action, Alternative 4 would restrict OHVs to existing trails and roads. Exceptions for this closure include access to certain camping areas, retrieval of big game, gathering firewood with a permit, and administrative access for Forest Service operations. Alternatives considered include: Alternative 2, a closure of all areas except for administrative actions; Alternative 3 which only allows some camping access within 150 feet of roads and trails; Alternative 5 which allows access to approximately 25 percent of the forests where soils are resilient to impact; and Alternative 1 which would keep OHV cross-country travel on the five forests at current allowances and restrictions.

    Reviewers should provide the Forest Service with their comments during the review period of the draft environmental impact statement. This will enable the Forest Service to analyze and respond to comments at one time and to use information acquired in the preparation of the final environmental impact statement, thus avoiding undue delay in the decision-making process. Reviewers have an obligation to structure their participation in the National Environmental Policy Act process so that it is meaningful and alerts the agency to the reviewers position and contentions. Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC, 435 U.S. 519, 553 (1978). Environmental objections that could have been raised at the draft stage may be waived if not raised until after completion of the final environmental impact statement. City of Angoon v. Hodel (9th Circuit, l986) and Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. v. Harris, 490 F. Supp. 1334, 1338 (E.D. Wis. 1980). Comments on the draft environmental impact statement should be specific and should address the adequacy of the statement and the merits of the alternatives discussed (40 CFR 1503.3).

    SEND COMMENTS TO:

    Jim Anderson, OHV Project Leader
    P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938
     

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