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Peter Vahry
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« on: October 10, 2012, 02:37:51 am »



Dear Interested Citizen,

The Eldorado National Forest is beginning to prepare a supplement to the 2008 Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Environmental Impact Statement to address whether public wheeled motor vehicle use will be allowed on the portions of the forty-two specific routes designated for such use in the Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management EIS Record of Decision, March, 2008 (ENF TMEIS) that were found by the court to be inconsistent with the Eldorado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, 1988 (ENF LRMP) Standards and Guidelines, as amended by Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA). The portions of the forty-two routes that are affected have been closed to public motorized use by court order since July 2012. This analysis will be limited to addressing the 42 routes in the judge’s order as they pertain to meadows and Standard and Guideline 100 of the ENF LRMP, as amended by the SNFPA.

As first step in preparing the Travel Management Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (TM SEIS), I have prepared a Proposed Action, which serves as a point from which to begin a dialog with the public about the routes. A detailed description of the proposed action is attached.  Additional information including detailed maps and a Question and Answer sheet will be posted on the Eldorado National Forest website http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado the week of October 7, 2012.  If you have any questions about this proposal, you may contact Diana Erickson, project coordinator, at (530) 622-5061.

At this time, a decision has not been made regarding this project. If you have issues (points of dispute, debate or disagreement regarding potential effects of the Proposed Action) or suggestions on how issues might be resolved, please send these in writing to “Kathryn D. Hardy, Forest Supervisor; Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office; 100 Forni Road; Placerville, CA 15667; attn.: Travel Management SEIS” on or before November 7, 2012. Comments on the proposed action may also be sent electronically to comments-pacificsouthwest-eldorado@fs.fed.us . We will use significant issues and other ideas that are received to develop alternatives to the Proposed Action.

/s/ KATHRYN D. HARDY

Forest Supervisor

Eldorado National Forest
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 04:35:54 am »

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact
statement.

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SUMMARY: In March 2008, the U.S. Forest Service completed the Eldorado
National Forest Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Final
Environmental Impact Statement (ENF TM FEIS) and Record of Decision
(ROD). The 2008 TM FEIS and ROD designated roads and trails to be open
for public motor vehicle use and prohibited cross country travel. In
2009 a complaint was filed with the Eastern District Federal Court
(Court Case No. 2:09-CV-02523-LKK-JFM). In its opinion dated May 26,
2011, the Court found the Forest Service failed to comply with the
National Forest Management Act (``NFMA'') in connection with its
analysis and designation of routes encountering meadows. In particular,
the court found that the Forest Service had designated 42 routes
through meadows which was inconsistent with certain standards and
guidelines in both the Forest's 1989 Land and Resource Management Plan
(LRMP) and standards and guidelines within the 2004 Sierra Nevada
Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA), which amended the ENF LRMP. The Court
pointed out that the error in the agency's Travel Management Decision
was limited to 42 routes designated for public wheeled motorized travel
that have some segment(s) that go through meadows.
    The purpose of the current analysis is to comply with the
subsequent court order to reconsider that portion of the Travel
Management Decision that pertains to the Riparian Conservation
Objective (RCO) 2 for Standard and Guideline 100
pertaining to the meadows on the 42 routes, and to determine whether
public wheeled motor vehicle use will be allowed on the portions of
those routes that were closed by Court Order.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by November 7, 2012. The draft Supplemental Environmental Impact
Statement (DSEIS) is expected in December 2012, and the final
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is expected in July,
2013.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Kathryn Hardy, Forest Supervisor,
Eldorado National Forest, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667,
Attention: Travel Management SEIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Erickson, TM SEIS Project
Leader, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667, or by telephone at 530-
621-5214. More detailed information about the project may also be found
at http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Purpose and Need for Action

    There is a need for compliance with the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of California Case No. 2:09-CV-02523-
LKK-JFM, Court Order filed 07/31/12 in which the Court ``set aside and
remanded for reconsideration in light of the applicable law that
portion of the Forest Service's Final Environmental Impact Statement
relating to the Riparian Conservation
Objective (``RCO'') Analysis for RCO 2 Standards and
Guidelines 100 pertaining to the meadows on the 42 routes.''
    There is a need for determining whether public wheeled motor
vehicle use will be allowed on the portions of the 42 specific routes
designated for such use in the Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled
Motorized Travel Management EIS Record of Decision, March 2008 that
were found by the court to be inconsistent with the ENF LRMP Standards
and Guidelines, as amended by SNFPA.

Proposed Action

    The Forest Service proposes the following designations for the
portions of the 42 routes that were closed by Court Order:
    1. Designate for public motorized use 9 routes that field surveys
conducted in 2011 and 2012 determined did not cross meadows, as defined
in the 1988 ENF LRMP.
    2. Designate for public motorized use 12 routes where field surveys
determined the meadow crossings meet Standard and Guideline (S&G) No.
100.
    3. Designate for public motorized use a portion of one route where
the field survey determined a logical closure point before crossing a
meadow.
    4. Amend the Eldorado National Forest Plan as amended by SNFPA S&G
No. 100 to allow continued public motorized use on 19 routes that field
surveys determined to not currently meet S&G 100, and are needed to
meet other purposes, and designate those routes for public motorized
use.
    5. Amend the Eldorado National Forest Plan as amended by SNFPA S&G
100 to allow continued public motorized use on a portion of one route
up to a logical closure point after the main destination before
crossing additional meadows that the field survey determined to not
meet S&G 100, and designate that portion for public motorized use.

Responsible Official

    Kathyrn D. Hardy, Forest Supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest
will be the Responsible Official for the project.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    The decision to be made is whether to adopt and implement the
proposed action, an alternative to the proposed action, or take no
action to address the 42 routes.

For the full notice go to.... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-12/html/2012-25100.htm
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