Author Topic: Rico West Dolores Roads and Trails Project (Travel Management)  (Read 1118 times)

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Rico West Dolores Roads and Trails Project (Travel Management);
Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest; Colorado


AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact
statement to analyze and disclose the environmental effects of
adjustments t0 the road and trail system in the Rico West Dolores area. A project-
level amendment to the San Juan Land and Resource Management Plan is
also proposed. The analysis area is in Dolores and Montezuma Counties
approximately 5 miles north of the Town of Dolores and includes
National Forest Lands surrounding the Town of Rico.

DATES: If you have supplementary comments which meet the description in
Scoping Process, below, they must be received by July 6, 2015.

ADDRESSES: If you have supplementary comments which meet the
description in Scoping Process, below, submit them in writing to Derek
Padilla, District Ranger, Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Highway 184,
Dolores, CO 81323; comments may also be emailed to dkill@fs.fed.us or
sent by facsimile to 970-882-6841. All comments, including names and
addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for
public inspection and copying.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Kill, NEPA Coordinator and
Interdisciplinary Team Leader, telephone 970-882-7296. 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Previous Scoping Period

    A previous scoping period, including public input occurred from
December 12th 2014 through January 30th 2015. That scoping period met
the requirement for scoping for the Environmental Impact Statement.
Written comments that were submitted during the previous scoping period
are considered and filed in the project record. The Forest Service
requests that you do not resubmit the same comments. Because of
extensive public input, the scope of issues to be analyzed in the
Environmental Impact Statement has already been well examined.
    This notice of intent initiates a supplementary scoping process,
which is intended to provide an additional opportunity for the public
to comment on the scope of issues to be analyzed in the Environmental
Impact Statement only if there is new or different information that has
not been previously considered. To determine whether your comment or
concern has previously been submitted, please read the Scoping Report
found on the project Web page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44918 or call Deborah Kill at 970-882-6822.

Proposed Action

    The Proposed Action document and maps located at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44918 describes proposed actions in
detail. There has been no change to the proposals since this Proposed
Action document was published for the first scoping period in December,
except that additional language has been added to the Purpose and Need
statement below to add clarification. Briefly, the proposals include
(1) minor adjustments to the main graveled roads, (2) re-configuration
of some native surface roads which includes converting some native
surface roads to ATV trails, (3) setting limits for day-use and
overnight parking off of the roads, (4) changing to the type of uses
allowed on some of the single track trails, (5) new timing restrictions
on motorcycle use of single track trails, (6) re-alignment of single
track trails at select locations, and (7) additional single track
trails added to the system. As stated in the Proposed Action document,
it will be necessary to adjust the Forest Plan's Over-Ground Travel
Suitability Map and the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Map and these
Forest Plan changes would apply only to the Rico-West Dolores analysis
area.

For all the details ..... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-05/html/2015-13761.htm
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