The Proposed Action Report outlining the proposal is available on the Buckskin Restoration Project webpage.
Preliminary analysis indicates that the proposed action of vegetation restoration activities, including thinning and prescribed fire, on about 7,000 acres may fall within a categorical exclusion (CE). Specifically, CE 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6): Timber stand and/or wildlife habitat improvement activities that do not include the use of herbicides or do not require more than 1 mile of low standard road construction.
The Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations provide for CEs to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the purpose of reducing delay and paperwork. CEQ regulations allow federal agencies to exclude from documentation in an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) categories of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. Based on the Agency’s experience and knowledge, the responsible official can conclude that if the action fits within an identified category and analysis shows there are no extraordinary circumstances, then the action would not have significant effects.
The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Even if you have no specific concerns, I am asking that you respond if you desire to stay on the project’s mailing list.
To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by December 10, 2015, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and validate the level of NEPA. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on theBuckskin Restoration Project webpage.
How to Comment
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, verbal, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted.
Written comments must be submitted to: Idaho City Ranger District, P.O. Box 129, Idaho City, ID 83631. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Verbal comments may also be provided at the Idaho City Ranger District office during normal business hours or via telephone 208-392-6681.
Comments may also be submitted through the Buckskin Restoration Project webpage:http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47883. To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.
Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe (.pdf) and Word (.doc) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Buckskin Restoration Project” in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.
Stay Connected to this Project via the Web
To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goals of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (scoping documents, updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by e-mail. This system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. It’s easy, it’s good for the environment, and it gives “on-demand” access to projects.
To subscribe to this new system, go online to the Buckskin Restoration Project webpage (http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47883). On the project webpage, you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates”. When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your e-mail address and select a password. When you have logged in, you will be able to manage your account by subscribing to projects by Forest, District, project type, or project purpose. You will also be able to change your e-mail address and password. If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via e-mail, unless you specifically request hard copies.
For further information on the project, please contact Allyn Spanfellner, Team Leader, by email email@example.com or by phone at 208-392-3721.
Forest Environmental Coordinator
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Boise, ID 83709