Attached is a copy of the memo, documenting my decision to approve the Upper Anthro Lop and Scatter Project.
Pinyon, juniper, and Douglas fir trees are encroaching into shrub communities on Anthro Mountain of the Roosevelt/Duchesne Ranger District. These communities consist of mountain big sagebrush, black sagebrush, and birch-leaf mountain mahogany. These communities provide important wildlife habitat for sage grouse, Brewer’s sparrow, elk, deer, and other sagebrush obligate species. The purpose of this project is to improve and maintain the shrub community and provide important wildlife habitat on up to 11,800 acres by deterring the encroachment of these conifer trees. Aspen stands and mature Douglas fir stands would not be impacted by this project. This project is targeting sage brush and mountain brush communities that are being lost due to conifer encroachment. Barring disturbance, conifer will eventually suppress and ultimately replace the existing shrubs.
This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service regulations at 36 CFR 215. Appeals must meet the content requirements of 36 CFR 215.14. Only individuals or organizations who submitted comments or otherwise expressed interest in the project during the official comment period may appeal. Appeals, including attachments, must be in writing, fully consistent with 36 CFR 215.14, and must be postmarked or received by the Appeal Deciding Officer within 45 days of the publication of the legal notice of this decision in the Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah. The publication date is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. Timeframe information from other sources should not be relied on.
The Appeal Deciding Officer is John Erickson, Forest Supervisor on the Ashley National Forest. Although Mr. Erickson is stationed in Vernal, appeals must be sent to: Appeal Deciding Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or by fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed appeals must be submitted in Adobe portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rtf) or Word (.doc or .docx) and must include the project name in the subject line. Appeals may also be hand delivered to the above address, during the regular business hours of 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The appeal must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. Names and addresses of appellants will become part of the public record. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic appeals.
For additional information concerning this decision, contact: Bob Christensen, Wildlife Biologist at 435-781-5232.
/s/Kristy L. Groves
Kristy L. Groves