Bureaucratic process for wind-fallen trees in Reds Meadow

redsObjection Period for Reds Meadow Wind-Fallen Tree Removal Project

The Mammoth Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Reds Meadow Valley Wind-Fallen Tree Removal Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. This project proposes to conduct fuels treatments by removing wind-fallen trees on approximately 220 acres managed by the Inyo National Forest in close proximity to recreation developments at Reds Meadow Resort and Pack Station, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Forest Service campgrounds in the Reds Meadow Valley.

The project was planned under the authorities outlined in the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003.  The proposed project is subject to the pre-decisional objection process pursuant to 36 CFR Part 218, subpart A.  It is not subject to notice, comment, and appeal procedures under 36 CFR Part 215.  Objections to the project will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of the legal notice in the Inyo Register, which is expected to be Tuesday June 19, 2012.

Written objections must be submitted to Ed Armenta, Forest Supervisor, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200, Bishop, CA 93514, or via facsimile at 760-873-2486.  The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Electronic objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to the following email address: sfarley@fs.fed.us.

The Responsible Official, District Ranger Jon Regelbrugge, will make a decision on the project following the close of the objection period and resolution of any objections received.
Additional information regarding the EA and objection period can be obtained from Sue Farley, Project Leader, by calling 760-924-5535 or email sfarley@fs.fed.us.   A copy of the EA is available at the following internet site: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=38178.


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