SUMMARY: The USDA, Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest will
prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to issue an easement to
El Dorado County for the operation and maintenance of the Rubicon Trail where it
crosses National Forest System lands. The easement would allow El
Dorado County to install new bridges at Ellis Creek and Buck Island,
replace the FOTR bridge, construct various erosion control feature as
described in the Rubicon Trail Saturated Soil Water Quality Protection
Plan (El Dorado County Department of Transportation, December 14, 2010)
from Little Sluice to the County line, rehabilitate and close specified
unauthorized routes, and install a vault toilet. The proposal will also
address the need for access to dispersed recreation and consider
whether to add some unauthorized routes to the National Forest
Transportation System (NFTS) to provide permanent access to important
dispersed recreation areas.
DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by October 3, 2011. The draft environmental impact statement is
expected in December 2011 and the final environmental impact statement
is expected in April 2012.
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Eldorado National Forest
Supervisor, Kathryn D. Hardy, and 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA,
95667. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or via facsimile to 530-621-5297.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hierholzer, Project Leader, 100
Forni Road, Placerville, CA, 95667, 530-642-5187.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.For the full notice