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CA - Draft Travel Management for Plumas NF Released

December 29, 2008

Following 4 years of work and over 20 public meetings and workshops, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Plumas National Forest Public Motorized Travel Management Project is available for review and comment according to Alice Carlton, Forest Supervisor. The DEIS, maps and Federal Register notice may be viewed on the Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas . Compact Discs are available at District Offices or by mail. Maps are available for viewing on the internet, on CD and at District Offices.

This project is part of a Nation-wide process to authorize off highway vehicle use on those existing trails, roads and areas, which would provide for a variety of recreational experiences in a safe and ecologically sustainable manner. The authorized use would also include the current restriction on travel between trails, roads, and areas (cross-country) unless some type of permit is in place that allows otherwise.

A final environmental impact statement and decision on this project is expected later in the spring of 2009 with a motor vehicle use map scheduled for later in the year.

Comments are invited on the DEIS
The purpose of the comment period is to give the public an opportunity to provide early and meaningful participation on the proposed action prior to the project decision to be made by Plumas National Forest Supervisor, Alice Carlton.

The 45-day comment period begins Monday, December 29, 2008, the day the Notice of Availability (NOA) for this project is published in the Federal Register. The comment period ends February 11, 2009 as noted in the Federal Register.

While comments may be submitted anytime during the analysis process, only those who submit timely comments or otherwise express interest during the comment period will have eligibility to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.

Written comments must be submitted to:
Pete Hochrein, Interdisciplinary Team Leader
Plumas National Forest
PO Box 11500, Quincy, CA, 95971
Or hand-delivered to same at:
159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Oral comments must be submitted to:
Pete Hochrein (530) 283-2050 during business hours above or in person at the address above, or at an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments.

Electronic comments:
Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification

Open Houses:
Team members will be available to familiarize people with the travel management/route designation and environmental analysis processes and will provide assistance if you want to provide comments during the open house.
Blairsden, CA January 15, 2009 3-6pm Beckwourth Ranger District Office 23 Mohawk Road

Quincy, CA January 13, 2009 3-6pm Mount Hough Ranger District Office 39693 Highway 70

Oroville, CA January 8, 2009 3-6pm Feather River Ranger District Office 875 Mitchell Avenue

Contact any of the following Plumas National Forest Recreation personnel with questions or to review maps:
• Deb Schoenberg, Feather River RD, Oroville, (530) 534-6500
• Peggy Gustafson, Mt. Hough RD, Quincy, (530) 283-0555
• Judy Schaber, Beckwourth RD, Blairsden, (530) 836-2575
• Pete Hochrein or Jane Beaulieu, Supervisor’s Office, Quincy, (530) 283-2050

Interested members of the public who want to learn more about participation in the assessment of environmental impacts conducted by Federal agencies, may want to review a “Citizen’s Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (http://www.nepa.gov/nepa/Citizens_Guide_Dec07.pdf).

Key points:
1) The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Plumas National Forest Public Motorized Travel Management Project is available for review and comment.
2) The public will have 45 days to comment.
3) Contact the Public Services Officer at local Plumas National Forest offices for more information, or visit the Forest website http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas.

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Draft New York Recreation Plan Unveiled

New SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan) Open for Public Comment

The Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan (SCORP) is prepared periodically by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to provide statewide policy direction and to fulfill the agency's recreation and preservation mandate. The updated SCORP serves as a status report and as an overall guidance document for the recreation resource preservation, planning, and development through 2014.

Who: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
What: Public Hearing on the 2009-2014 Draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Where: Peebles Island Resource Center, Peebles Island State Park Waterford, New York 

Members of the public are invited to comment on the Draft 2009-2014 SCORP Plan at the public hearing on November 5th, 2008. If you are not able to attend the meeting, written comments are welcome and will be considered for the draft plan if they are received by November 21, 2008 to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director for Resource and Facility Planning
Bureau of Planning
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Agency Building 1
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12238
Phone:518-486-2909
Fax:518-474-7013

Details of the plan can be viewed on the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website.

Or, view the Adirondack Jeeps Forum discussion for more information.


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San Bernardion NF Travel Management EA Open for Comment

United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service San Bernardino National Forest
Date:  October 9, 2008

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
The purpose of this mailing is to announce the release of the Draft Environmental Analysis (DEA) for the Motorized Travel Management project.  This project will make limited changes to the Forest’s motorized transportation system and implement the Travel Management Rule.  If you would like to examine the DEA in detail, you may access an electronic copy on our website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/projects/ohv.shtml .  The San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office also has copies of the DEA available for viewing.

Three action alternatives are presented in the DEA that combine many of the comments and recommendations that have been provided at the public meetings and from other contacts.  The DEA has a detailed analysis of how each alternative could affect different aspects of the environment.  You now have an opportunity to examine the details about the project, including measures designed to protect resources or alleviate potential problems you may be concerned about.  The release of the DEA begins the formal comment period, during which we will consider all public comments before issuing a decision.
 
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of a legal notice in the San Bernardino Sun newspaper (anticipated October 14, 2008).  The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this proposal.  Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.   
 
Written comments must be submitted to: San Bernardino National Forest, Attn: Richard Thornburgh, Environmental Coordinator, 602 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino CA 92408. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Facsimile comments can be sent to 909-383-5586.
 
Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Travel Management” in the subject line.  In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.   

I appreciate your interest in this project and the stewardship of the San Bernardino National Forest. If you have any further questions about this project, please contact Richard Thornburgh, Environmental Coordinator, at 909-382-2642.

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Cape Hatteras ORV Meetings Scheduled

[[Federal Register: November 19, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 224)]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - National Park Service

Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore


AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App 1, section 10), of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings of the Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. (See DATES section.)

DATES: The Committee will hold its tenth meeting on January 6-7, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 7. The Committee will hold its eleventh meeting on January 21-22, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 22. The Committee will hold its twelfth meeting on February 3, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  All meetings will be held at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Pavilion, 1000 Croatan Highway (Milepost 7.6), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 25948.

These, and any subsequent meetings, will be held for the following reason: To work with the National Park Service to assist in potentially developing special regulations for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore).

The proposed agenda for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth meetings of the Committee may contain the following items: Approval of Meeting Summary from Last Meeting, Subcommittee and Members' Updates since Last Meeting, Alternatives Discussions, NEPA Update, and Public Comment. However, the Committee may modify its agenda during the course of its work. The meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may provide brief oral/written comments to the Committee during the public comment period of the meetings each day before the lunch break, and also from 5-5:30 p.m. on January 6 and January 21, or may file written comments with the Park Superintendent.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael B. Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954, (252) 473-2111, ext. 148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee's function is to assist directly in the development of special regulations for management ORVs at the Seashore. Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, requires certain Federal agencies to publish regulations that provide for administrative designation of the specific areas and trails on which ORV use may be permitted. In response, the NPS published a general regulation at 36 CFR 4.10, which provides that each park that designates routes and areas for ORV use must do so by promulgating a special regulation specific to that park. It also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with Executive Order 11644, and 36 CFR 1.5 regarding closures. Members of the Committee will negotiate to reach consensus on concepts and language to be used as the basis for a proposed special regulation, to be published by the NPS in the Federal Register, governing ORV use at the Seashore. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory.

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Johnson Valley - USMC Base Expansion Proposal

Alternatives 1 and 4 - Add 188,000 acres West of the base and 22,000 acres South of the base. These alternatives effectively include expansion in to all of the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Training movements and live-fire exercises differ between Alternative 1 and 4.

Alternative 2 - Add 122,000 acres West of the base and 22,000 acres South of the base. This alternative includes most of the Johnson Valley OHV Area.

Alternative 3 - Add 228,000 acres East of the base and 22,000 acres South of the base. This alternative does not include expansion into Johnson Valley.

Alternative 5 - Add 188,000 acres West of the base only (Johnson Valley).

No Action Alternative - Marine Corps will seek no additional lands, MEB exercises would occur on existing base.

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On Nov 17, 2008, a stakeholders meeting was held to outline issues individuals and groups to use when submitting comments.

Click here to download a copy of the scoping issues....

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