Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Nez Perce-
Clearwater National Forests Travel Planning Project
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Travel Planning Project.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service is giving notice of its intent to prepare a
SEIS for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Travel Planning
project on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho. A
complaint was filed on December 5, 2013 against the January 2012
Clearwater National Forest Travel Planning Record of Decision (ROD). On
March 11, 2015 the United States District Court for the State of Idaho
issued a Memorandum Decision and Order remanding the Travel Plan, Final
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and Record of Decision for
reconsideration and further evaluation. This SEIS will provide
additional analysis in response to the Memorandum Decision and Order.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Hill, Environmental Coordinator,
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Forest Service is announcing its intent
to prepare a SEIS for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Travel
Planning project. The SEIS will supplement the analysis from the
Clearwater National Forest Travel Planning FEIS (2011) by providing an
updated analysis of the environmental effects. The Clearwater Travel
Planning FEIS evaluated the potential effects of five alternatives,
including No Action and four action alternatives.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor will issue a new ROD
after evaluating the SEIS and public comments. An objection period for
the new ROD will be provided, consistent with 36 CFR part 218.
Authority: This NOI is being published pursuant to regulations
(40 CFR 1508.22) implementing the procedural provisions of the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
Scoping: A NOI published on November 28, 2007 initiated the scoping
period for the Clearwater National Forest Travel Planning project. A
legal notice advertising the start of a 30-day scoping period was
advertised in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune on November 13,
2007. The scoping period was later extended to February 29, 2008. In
accordance with 40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4), there will be no scoping conducted
this SEIS. The scope of the Final Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Travel Planning EIS established the scope for this SEIS.
The SEIS will be advertised for public comment as required by 40
CFR 1503.1. The Draft SEIS will be announced for public review and
comment in the Federal Register, on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National
Forests' project Web site, and in the Lewiston, Idaho Lewiston Tribune,
as well as other local media.
Responsible Official and Lead Agency
The USDA Forest Service is the lead agency for this proposal. The
Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor is the responsible official.
Decision to Be Made is whether to adopt the proposed action, in
whole or in part, or another alternative; and what mitigation measures
and management requirements will be implemented.
Dated: September 27, 2016.
Cheryl F. Probert,
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