PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 9, 2015)
A collaborative effort between local, state, and federal groups to develop alternative actions for the West Side Snowy Range Travel Management project is nearing completion. Those alternatives are expected to be released for public consideration in July.
With that progress, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials have been able to clarify the remaining timeline in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
Alternatives are being derived from the initial USFS proposed action and more than 250 public comments that were received regarding the proposal.
After releasing the alternatives later this summer, 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. This timeline has been adjusted from the original version and has extended the process by nearly a full year. read more...