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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; Utah; Ogden Travel Plan

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare a supplement to the final
supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.


SUMMARY: The Ogden Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National
Forest announces its intent to prepare a supplement to the Ogden Travel
Plan Revision Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
(FSEIS). The Ogden Travel Plan Revision FSEIS evaluated six
alternatives for possible travel management of motorized trails and

DATES: Scoping will not be conducted in accordance with 40 CFR
1502.9(c)(4). The draft supplement to the FSEIS is expected in May 2013
and the final supplement to the FSEIS is expected in September 2013.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Renee Flanagan, Ogden District
Ranger, 507 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401. Comments can also be hand
delivered Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the address
above. Comments can be submitted electronically to
or submitted via facsimile to (801) 625-5914.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: District Ranger Renee Flanagan, (801)
625-5112, Ogden Ranger District, 507 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401.
    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.


Proposed Action

    On March 20, 2006, District Ranger Chip Sibbernsen made a decision
designating routes open for motorized travel use, seasonal and other
closures, development of two gravel sources, improvements to two
concentrated use areas, and new trail construction on the Ogden Ranger
District. The decision also allowed limited use of motor vehicles
within 150 feet of designated roads to access dispersed camping sites.
    The record of decision for the project was appealed by four
separate parties. After review, the appeal deciding officer reversed
the decision, based on her finding that the environmental analysis and
supporting information in the project record were not adequate to
support the decision in regard to cumulative effects analysis.
    Subsequent analysis resulted in a FSEIS that did not replace the
final environmental impact statement (FEIS) in its entirety, but which
replaced discrete sections of the FEIS and provided additional
information to augment the analysis in the FEIS. A record of decision
for the FSEIS was signed on September 12, 2007. The record of decision
was appealed and the decision was affirmed and implemented.
    As a result of litigation, on March 7, 2012, the United States
District Court for the District of Utah issued a decision order. The
Court held that the record of decision and FSEIS had three
deficiencies: (1) It failed to provide notice of available support for
the public to understand the information cataloguing illegal routes;
(2) it failed to adequately support its assumptions about the impact of
illegal user-created routes; and (3) it failed to explain explicitly
its evaluation of the cumulative impacts of its decision on the
Shoshone Trail system. As a result, the currently proposed supplement
to the FSEIS will be directed to address the deficiencies.

Responsible Official

    Renee Flanagan, District Ranger, Ogden Ranger District.

    Dated: January 3, 2013.
Renee Flanagan,
District Ranger.
[FR Doc. 2013-00565 Filed 1-11-13; 8:45 am]

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