The Sierra National Forest has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Travel Management, formerly known as OHV Route Designation. The DEIS is available for public review and comment through June 15, 2009.
The Motorized Travel Management Project is part of a national effort to define transportation systems on each national forest in the country. The goal is to develop a sustainable system of roads, trails and areas for access and recreation on national forest lands while protecting natural and cultural resources.
The DEIS displays five alternatives (No Action and 4 Action Alternatives) that propose to: 1) Designate a Motorized Transportation System that includes roads, trails, and areas, 2) Prohibits cross country travel, 3) Considers including unauthorized routes (user created) in the designated system, and 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. .
In order to help the public understand the contents of the DEIS, the Forest Service will be holding a series of information workshops. All workshops will begin with an Open House from 4:30 pm-6pm. At 6:30 pm will be a presentation on the DEIS, followed by a workshop for those wanting more information. The schedule of workshops is as follows:
Oakhurst-Tuesday, May 5th, Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA.
Madera-Wednesday, May 6th , Madera Community College, Room AV-1-114 A, 30277 Ave 12, Madera, CA.
Visalia-Thursday, May 7th , Visalia Convention Center, Charter Oak Room #D, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia, CA.
Mariposa-Monday, May 11th, Mariposa County Board of Supervisor’s Chambers, 5100 Bullion Street, Mariposa, CA.
Prather-Tuesday, May 12th, Foothill Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 29147 Auberry Road, Prather, CA.
Clovis-Wednesday, May 13th, Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, Independence Room, 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA.
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.
Copies of the DEIS
This week, we began mailing copies of the documents to those who had requested them ealier. If you had not requested a copy and would like to recieve a Compact discs (CD’s) or printed copies (limited amounts available) please send a request to: email@example.com
, (please include “Information Request” in the subject line).
The DEIS and maps are also available on-line at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/projects/ohv/index.shtml
Public Comments are Invited on the DEIS
Comments will be accepted electronically or by mail. Comments must be postmarked or received no later than June 15, 2009. To electronically send comments, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please include “Travel Management Comments” in the subject line.
Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc). Written comments can be mailed to: Sierra National Forest, Attn: Travel Management Project Leader, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611. Comments can also be hand delivered to the address above, weekdays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
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.