The plan will provide direction and guidance for management of the Monument’s resources and implementation of future projects and activities within the Monument. The plan also will amend direction for management of the Monument in the San Juan National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
Specific projects proposed include approval of construction of up to two miles of interpretive trails, new visitor facilities and parking areas near the existing visitor cabin, and visitor shelters near the upper parking area, as well as various prohibitions designed to minimize disturbance to peregrine falcons and prevent other resource damage.
The Pagosa Ranger District will host a public open house on Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center to offer information, answer questions and take comments. The Draft EIS, Management Plan, and a list of projects and prohibitions with descriptions and maps can be downloaded from the San Juan National Forest website at:www.fs.usda.gov/projects/sanjuan/landmanagement/projects
A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 16, 2015. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments will be accepted for 45 days from that date until Monday, March 2, 2015. When providing comments, please specify if you are commenting on the management plan, the specific project proposals, or both.
Written comments can be mailed to District Ranger, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or hand-delivered to the Pagosa District Office at 180 Pagosa Street in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Comments may also be faxed to: Attn: Sara Brinton, fax number 970-264-1538, or emailed to: email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Paul Blackman, Recreation Specialist, or Sara Brinton, NEPA Coordinator, 310 Pagosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, 970 264-2268 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Input received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record and available for public inspection. Only individuals or entities who submit timely and specific written comments during the public comment period will be eligible to file an objection.