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Pike/San Isabel National Forests Travel Management Plan
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:42:44 am »

Pike/San Isabel National Forests; Colorado; Pike/San Isabel
National Forests Travel Management Plan


AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

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

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service proposes to undertake motorized travel
management planning to designate roads, trails, and areas open to
public motorized vehicle use on the six districts of the Pike and San
Isabel National Forests (PSI), pursuant to 36 CFR part 212, subpart B.
The proposed road and trail environmental impact statement (EIS)
evaluation and record of decision (ROD) will determine which roads and
trails will be designated or re-designated for public motorized use and
published on future motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs), as described in
subpart B of the Travel Management Final Rule, dated November 9, 2005.
The PSI's MVUMs display all roads and motorized trails open to the
public for motorized use. This action is in direct response to the PSI
MVUM settlement agreement (hereafter referred to as the settlement
agreement), which is the culmination of a multi-year lawsuit brought
against the Forest Service by The Wilderness Society, Quiet Use
Coalition, Wildlands CPR, Center for Native Ecosystems and Great Old
Broads for Wilderness. The Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands,
which are administered in conjunction with the Pike and San Isabel
National Forests, will not be included in this EIS.
    Scoping Process: Scoping is an ongoing process used to identify
important issues and determine the extent of analysis necessary for an
informed decision on a proposed action. This Notice of Intent (NOI)
serves as formal initiation of the scoping process.
    The Forest Service is seeking comments from individuals,
organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies that may be
interested in or affected by the proposed action (described below).
Comments may pertain to the nature and scope of the environmental,
social, and economic issues, and possible alternatives related to the
development of the travel management plan and EIS. Scoping notices have
been sent to potentially affected persons and those that have expressed
a continued interest in this project. Other interested individuals,
organizations, or agencies may have their names added to the mailing
list for this project at any time by submitting a request to the PSI
Forest Planner, John Dow at 719-553-1476
(jrdow@fs.fed.us).

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by September 8, 2016.
The scoping comment period commences on NOI
publication date and continues for 45 days thereafter. The draft
environmental impact statement is expected in early spring of 2018 and
the final environmental impact statement is expected in early 2019.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning this notice should be addressed
to Travel Management, Pike/San Isabel National Forests, 2840 Kachina
Dr., Pueblo, CO 81008. Comments may also be sent via email to
psitravelmanagement.org">comments@psitravelmanagement.org, or via facsimile to 719-553-1440,
with ``PSI Travel Management'' in the subject line. Comments must be
readable in Microsoft Word, rich text or pdf formats.
    All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are
placed in the record and will be available for public inspection and
copying. The public may inspect comments after they are received and
summarized at the travel planning Web page at:
www.psitravelmanagement.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Dow, Forest Planner at 719-553-
1476. 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.

Read the full notice...
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-25/html/2016-17498.htm
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