“As a way to listen, share and help inform about the project, we are planning an open house for those interested in learning more about off-highway vehicle travel within designated routes on the Oregon Dunes NRA,” said Michele Jones, Central Coast and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area District Ranger.
The open house will be held in the Florence High School Gymnasium located at 2975 Oak Street in Florence from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. Format will feature stations where attendees can visit with forest staff and view maps and alternatives describing options for designated riding routes.
Specialists involved in developing the draft Environmental Impact Statement will be available to answer questions regarding the project.
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 with the MA 10 (C) areas of the ODNRA.
The comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement began October 26 and will run through December 10. Attendees will have the opportunity to share comments and input through writing at the open house.
The proposed alternatives developed following the scoping process include:
· Alternative 1-No Action; no additional routes designated and enforcing all user-developed routes as closed
· Alternative 2 (Proposed Action)- designate an additional 3.4 miles of routes and reallocate 234 acres from MA 10 (C) to MA 10 (B) open riding
· Alternative 3 – designate an additional 3.6 miles of routes and no Management Area land allocation changes
· Alternative 4 (Preferred Alternative) - designate an additional 2.1 miles of routes and reallocate 455 acres from 10 (C) to 10 (B) open riding
· Alternative 5 – designate an additional 2.9 miles of routes and reallocate 966 acres from MA 10 (C) to MA 10 (B) open riding
Printed copies of the DEIS are available for viewing at the Oregon Dunes NRA Office in Reedsport, the Central Coast Ranger District Office in Waldport, the Siuslaw Headquarters in Corvallis and at several public libraries including but not limited to Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, Bend, Grants Pass, Medford, Waldport, Reedsport and Coos Bay.
The DEIS is available on the Siuslaw National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=34220. If you need a copy of the DEIS in another format, please let us know and we’ll be glad to provide it.
Written comments should include your name, address, and telephone number; title of the document on which you are commenting; and specific facts or comments along with supporting reasons that you believe the Responsible Official should consider in reaching a decision. People wishing to comment have various options available to them:
· MAIL or DELIVER: Forest Supervisor, Jerry Ingersoll, c/o Angie Morris, Recreation Planner, Siuslaw National Forest, 855 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR 97467
· FAX: (541) 271-6034, attn.: Angie Morris
· EMAIL: email@example.com.
Mailed comments must be postmarked or delivered no later than close of business on December 10.
For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest visit our web site at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw or call 541-750-7000. Stay in touch through www.twitter.com/siuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.