Alternative development has been a collaborative effort this summer between local, state, and federal groups. Options were derived from the initial USFS proposed action and more than 250 public comments that were received regarding the proposal.
The open houses will have maps available for viewing and copies of the alternatives available. USFS personnel will be on hand to answer questions. Dates and locations are as follows:
Elk Mountain/Hanna/Medicine Bow/Arlington
Thursday, July 30, 5-8 p.m., at the Elk Mountain Town Hall, 201 Bridge St.
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 5-8 p.m., at the BLM – Rawlins Field Office, 1300 North Third St.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 5-8 p.m., at the Platte Valley Community Center, 210 Elm.
Following is the approximate timeline for the remainder of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process:
After releasing the alternatives, the remainder of 2015 and the early part of 2016 will be used to consider options and write a draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The draft EA, using the alternatives, is anticipated to be released in spring of 2016 and additional public comments will be solicited at that time through a 30-day comment period. A decision on the project can be expected later in 2016.
In line with national travel management direction, the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District (BCH) began analyzing the existing road/trail system for 210,000 acres on the west side of the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest, in 2013.
Ultimately the process is meant to produce a sustainable motorized road and trail system that will meet public/management needs, while maintaining viable natural resources.
The project alternatives will be posted next week and available prior to the first open house at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40299, or you will be able to obtain copies at the District offices in Laramie or Saratoga. Maps of the alternative actions can be printed from the project web site.
Ranger Fullman is available to answer questions at the District office number, (307) 326-5258, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties can also stop by the BCH District office at 2171 S. Highway 130 in Saratoga between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
Those in the Laramie area can contact Monique Nelson, Environmental Coordinator, at (307) 745-2310, email@example.com, or stop by the Laramie District Office at 2468 Jackson St. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. You can also visit our web site at http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the Medicine Bow National Forest on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.