“There was extensive outreach for public comments and this is the final product of those efforts,” said Michele Jones, Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area District Ranger. “We are appreciative of the input and excited about this step toward signing the final Record of Decision for Designated Routes depending on what comes out of the objection period.”
The primary purpose and need for the project is to complete the designation and development of a comprehensive, understandable designated off-highway vehicle route system that can be effectively managed and maintained within the Management Area 10 (C) areas of the ODNRA.
In response to comments received throughout the planning process, four action alternatives were developed in addition to our original proposed action. The Draft ROD identifies Modified Alternative 4 as the preferred alternative. Modified Alternative 4 would:
• Designate an additional 2.3 miles of trails. This is the same as Alternative 4 in the FEIS.
• Reallocate 518 acres of Management Area 10 (C) to Management Area 10 (B), opening these lands to cross-country off-highway vehicle use. These acres have been modified from the original Alternative 4. The modifications are described below.
The areas reallocated to open riding contain 46 miles of user-developed routes. This is a modification of Alternative 4 in the FEIS because the reallocations of areas A3 and A16 have been changed, and an additional area has been added, A17.
In the North Riding Area, reallocation A3 has been increased from 6 acres to 28 acres, containing 1.2 miles user-developed routes. Also, in the north, A17 adds 64 acres containing one mile of user-developed routes.
In the Middle Riding Area, reallocation A16 has been reduced from 132 acres to 109 acres, containing 6.3 miles of user-developed routes.
A hard copy of the FEIS, Draft ROD, and supporting documents are available for viewing during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Coast Ranger District-Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area offices in Reedsport and Waldport, along with the Siuslaw National Forest Headquarters in Corvallis. Printed copies of the FEIS will also be available at several public libraries including Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, Waldport, Reedsport and Coos Bay.
The electronic version of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Designated Routes 10(c) FEIS, Draft ROD, and supporting documents are posted on the Siuslaw National Forest website at http://go.usa.gov/VkDz. If you are interested in the project background please visit ourOregon Dunes Designated Routes page at http://go.usa.gov/VKzd. If you need a copy of the FEIS and Draft ROD in another format, please let us know and we’ll be glad to provide it.
Background and explanation of objection period:
When the draft EIS was released, the associated documentation indicated that the upcoming decision would be subject to an administrative appeal process according to the Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR 215); this process allows people who submitted comments during the comment period on the draft EIS an opportunity to appeal the final decision after it is signed. However, on March 27, 2013, new regulations were released that apply to this project.
The new regulations provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and tribal entities to file an objection to a project before the final decision is signed. This allows interested individuals, organizations and tribal entities to advise the Deciding Official about concerns regarding the final decision before the decision is made. The new regulations allow anyone who submitted timely, specific written comments about the proposed project during any designated opportunity for public comment, to file an objection to the draft decision (36 CFR 218.5).
If you commented on the Designated Routes project during the scoping period, the review of the draft EIS, or during any of the public meetings, you can file an objection to the draft decision. When the final EIS and Draft Record of Decision are released for public review, you will have 45 days in which to review the documents and, if you choose, file an objection to the Draft Record of Decision. Objections must be postmarked or received by the Reviewing Officer, Regional Forester, within 45 days from the date of publication of notice of the objection in Corvallis Gazette-Times, Corvallis, OR. The publication date is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Those wishing to file an objection should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.
Specific directions on how to file an objection are provided in 36 CFR 218.8. (A printed copy is available upon request.) The electronic version of the Code of Federal Regulations can be found at http://go.usa.gov/VKtP.
At a minimum an objection must include the following:
1. The objector’s name and address, with a telephone number, if available;
2. A signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for Email may be filed with the objection);
3. When multiple names are listed on an objection, identification of the lead objector (verification of the identity of the lead objector shall be provided upon request);
4. The name of the proposed project, the name and title of the Responsible Official, and the name(s) of the National Forest(s) and/or Ranger District(s) on which the proposed project will be implemented;
5. A description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project if applicable, how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider; and
6. A statement that demonstrates connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection.
Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service (Monday throughFriday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays).
· MAIL or DELIVER: Regional Forester, Objection Reviewing Officer, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service, Attn. 1570 Appeals and Objections, 1220 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204
· FAX: Regional Forester, Attn: 1570 Objections at (503)-808-2339
· EMAIL: email@example.com . Please put OBJECTION and the project name in the subject line.
Mailed objections must be postmarked or delivered no later than close of business November 3.