USFS to discuss roadless area plan |

USFS to discuss roadless area plan

The Tahoe National Forest will hold a meeting Monday evening, Dec. 13, in Truckee to share information about President Bill Clinton’s initiative to protect roadless areas in national forests.

The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Truckee Sanitary District boardroom on Joerger Drive.

“The purpose of this open house is to share as much information as we have about this initiative,” TNF Supervisor Steve Eubanks said. “We will not be using a formal hearing process nor a traditional style meeting. Folks will be able to mill around and talk to Forest Service representatives on an individual basis while looking at information.” He said the ultimate purpose of the session is to help residents learn about the initiative so they can express their thoughts in writing to the national team.

Eubanks said the agency will use the public comment provided as the basis for issues to be analyzed in the environmental impact statement.

The environmental impact statement will analyze:

– Effects of eliminating road construction activities in the remaining unroaded portions of inventoried roadless areas on National Forest land

– Effects of establishing criteria and procedures to ensure that the social and ecological values that make both inventoried roadless areas and other uninventoried lands important are considered and protected through the planning process.

The agency is also interested in hearing what may be missing form the initial proposal, alternatives to the proposal, clarifications needed, and what values people attribute to roadless areas and how those values should be protected.

After comment ends Dec. 20, the Forest Service will begin writing the draft environmental impact statement and accompanying proposed rules.

When the agency releases those documents in the spring of 2000, the public will have another chance to comment before the final statement is released.

The public should send written comments to USDA Forest Service, Attn: Roadless Areas NOI, P.O. Box 221090, Salt Lake City, UT, 84122. Comments may also be emailed to roadless/, or faxed to (810)517-1021.

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