Important Reminder on the Inyo National Forest Motorized Travel Management DEIS

The Lyin King

Public Lands Advocate
BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Important Reminder on the Inyo National Forest Motorized Travel Management DEIS

Just a reminder, the 60-Day comment period on the Inyo National Forest Motorized Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) ends March 31, 2009.

The Forest will also be hosting one additional Public Drop-in Session on March 24, 2009, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Forest Supervisor's Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, CA. During the drop-in session, participants will have the opportunity to view maps and talk one-on-one with a Travel Management specialist.

If you are not able to attend the drop-in session in person, you are welcome to join a conference call with Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch on March 24, 2009, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. The Forest Supervisor will start the discussion with how you can make your comments on the Draft EIS the most effective, followed by a question and answer session on the Travel Management project. To participate, dial 1-866-717-8636 and use the passcode 2067943 when prompted.

All comments on the Draft EIS, including those submitted electronically, must be postmarked by March 31, 2009. Hand delivered comments must be received at the Forest Supervisor's office no later than 4:30pm on this date.

The DEIS displays an analysis of six different alternatives, each of which would designate a distinct system of motorized routes. DEIS maps show the routes that are added to the transportation system for each alternative, and what type of vehicles are allowed on each route.

The DEIS and maps are available on the Inyo National Forest website at Inyo National Forest - Welcome!, and sets of paper maps are available for viewing at the Inyo National Forest Supervisors Office in Bishop, the Mammoth Public Library, the Mono Lake Committee Visitor Center in Lee Vining, the Mt. Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine, and the BLM office in Ridgecrest.

A Final Environmental Impact Statement and decision by Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch are expected this summer, with a Motor Vehicle Use Map scheduled for release by the end of 2009.

While comments may be submitted anytime during the analysis process, only those who submit timely comments or otherwise express interest during the comment period will have eligibility to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.

Mail and Hand Deliver Comments To:
Travel Management Project Leader
Inyo National Forest
351 Pacu Lane Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514

Email Comments To:
comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us

Put "Travel Management Comments" in the subject line of e-mail comments. Acceptable formats are email message, MS Word (.doc), plain text (.txt), or rich text format (.rtf). Comments should include your name and address.

REMEMBER THE COMMENT DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2009

For more information, please call Nancy Upham at 760-873-2427.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

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