The Forest Service (FS) has announced the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, located in southwestern Oregon.
During a 45-day public comment period, the agency will conduct a series of open houses to review the environmental document, including maps and alternatives, to discuss the motorized route designation process and to seek public comments (see schedule below). This comment period ends May 11, 2009.
The DEIS discloses the environmental impacts associated with four alternatives including a proposed action that outlines future management of motorized vehicle travel on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The alternatives include the following:
• Alternative 1 is a No Action alternative that reflects the Forest's current condition.
• Alternative 2 is an alternative that would implement actions consistent with the Travel Management Rule with no change. This includes no change to the current system of National Forest System roads, trails and off-road vehicle areas.
• Alternative 3 reflects the agency's Proposed Action to enact the Travel Management Rule and to reduce resource damage, user conflicts, and safety concerns.
• Alternative 4 addresses additional resource concerns and user conflicts and proposes a reduction in motorized use over Alternative 3.
Copies of the document can be obtained by contacting one of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest's Ranger District or Forest Supervisor's Office. The DEIS and maps are also available on the Forest's website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/projects/travel/
Schedule of Open Houses
Make sure your comments are heard to protect the trails you ride.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
OSU Extension Office, Ohlsen Baxter Building
631 Alder Street
Myrtle Point, Oregon
Monday, April 13, 2009 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Best Western Beachfront Inn
16008 Boat Basin Road
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Curry County Fairground, Curry Showcase Building
29392 Ellensburg Avenue
Gold Beach, Oregon
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Rogue River-Siskiyou NF Supervisor's Office
Medford Interagency Office, Oregon Conference Rooms
3040 Biddle Road
Monday, April 20, 2009 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Forest Service - Agness Guard Station
04156 Agness Road
Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grants Pass High School, The Commons
830 NE 9th Street
Grants Pass, Oregon
While comments may be submitted anytime during the analysis process, only those individuals and organizations who provide comments during the comment period are eligible to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.
Mail and Hand Deliver Comments To:
USDA Forest Service,
Travel Management Team
645 Washington Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Email Comments To:
Put "Motorized Travel DEIS" in the subject line of e-mail comments. Acceptable formats are email message, MS Word (.doc), plain text (.txt), or rich text format (.rtf). Comments should include your name and address.
COMMENT DEADLINE IS MAY 1, 2009
If you have questions or need additional information about Motorized Vehicle Use on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, please contact either Steve Johnson (Interdisciplinary Team Leader) at 541-552-2900 or Patty Burel (Public Affairs Officer) at 541-618-2113.