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Todd Ockert

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« on: December 18, 2007, 12:13:33 pm »

Dear Friends of the Ocala National Forest
   I am pleased to announce the availability of the Decision Notice and
   Environmental Assessment (EA) for Route Designation in the Sand Pine
   Scrub Ecosystem of the Ocala National Forest. The documents are
   available on the internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/florida.

   Alternative 3 includes:

   ·  529 miles of road
   ·  21 miles of mixed-use roads
   ·  96 miles of motorized trail
   ·  245 miles of system road will change from maintenance level 2 to
   maintenance level 1 (no maintenance and not open to public use)
   ·  Four trailheads and eight Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) corrals to
   provide OHV parking
   ·  81-mile designated four-wheel driveway opportunity for use by highway
   legal vehicles with pullouts that provide slow-speed challenges such as
   downed log obstacles
   ·  51 miles of seasonal roads from Alternative 4 open November-January
   to improve hunting during general gun season

   When compared to the other alternatives, this alternative will meet the
   purpose and need for action described in the EA.  An essential feature
   of the modified-Alternative 3 is it provides an opportunity for visitors
   to learn about and explore the forest in harmony with the natural
   setting. The designated system in modified-Alternative 3 takes necessary
   actions to improve resource conditions by reducing impacts on natural
   and cultural resources, improving recreational opportunities, improving
   safety, and reducing user conflicts.

   Implementation of the modified Alternative 3 will be phased in over
   multiple years. Priority work will be established based on funding,
   available workforce and other forest work. Priorities will be to direct
   use away from sensitive habitats and onto the designated routes.

   For further information on this decision, contact Heather Callahan,
   Ocala National Forest, 40929 SR 19, Umatilla, Florida 32784 or by phone
   at (352) 669-3153.

   Sincerely,

   John Richard Lint
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Pat Brower
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 09:03:44 pm »

   ·  245 miles of system road will change from maintenance level 2 to
   maintenance level 1 (no maintenance and not open to public use)



   ·  81-mile designated four-wheel driveway opportunity for use by highway
   legal vehicles with pullouts that provide slow-speed challenges such as
   downed log obstacles
 
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Jennifer Hawkins
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 09:31:59 pm »

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245 miles of system road will change from maintenance level 2 to
   maintenance level 1 (no maintenance and not open to public use)

Out of 1500 miles, I'm ok with that.

Thanks!  Its not completely a done deal because other <ahem> groups still have an opportunity to appeal and be heard.
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