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Magone Project 45-day objection period began Dec. 28

Individuals who previously submitted specific written comments during the scoping period or comment period on the draft environmental impact statement may submit an objection.

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Published on December 28, 2016 6:47PM

The 45-day objection filing period for the draft record of decision (draft ROD) for the Magone Project on the Blue Mountain Ranger District began Dec. 28, 2016, with publication of a legal notice in the Blue Mountain Eagle, according to Forest Service press release.

Individuals and entities who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during the scoping period or the 45-day comment period on the draft environmental impact statement may submit an objection.

The draft ROD includes approximately 14,147 acres of silviculture and activity fuels treatments, 28,500 acres of prescribed burning, 12.5 miles of temporary road construction, use of 98.5 miles of existing Forest Service system road for log haul (including road maintenance), 0.3 miles of road decommissioning, 1.1 miles of road closures (changing from maintenance level 2 to 1), confirmation of 8.34 miles of past administratively closed roads, 26.3 miles of new trail (17.2 miles of new trail construction and 9.1 miles of trails co-designated on existing roads), improvement of three existing trailheads and construction of one new trailhead, interpretive sign placement at four sites, improvement of the existing day use boat dock and replacement of existing campground boat mooring, and placement of fish cribs and fish sticks in Magone Lake.

This project also includes forest plan amendments to reduce cover below Malheur Forest Plan standards in Big Game Winter Range (Management Area [MA] 4A), summer range, and the Nipple Butte Wildlife Emphasis Area (MA21), and to change old growth boundaries and designate new old growth areas to bring these areas up to Malheur Forest Plan standards.

The project documents can be accessed on the Forest Service website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44907, or you can request a copy by contacting Sasha Fertig at 541-575-3061 or sashafertig@fs.fed.us.

Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding Federal holidays). Objections may be mailed to: Regional Forester, Objection Reviewing Officer, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service, Attn: 1570 Objections, PO Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623. For emailed objections, please email to: objections-pnw-regional-office@fs.fed.us. Please put OBJECTION and the project name in the subject line. Electronic objections must be submitted as part of an actual e-mail message, or as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf) only. For electronically mailed objections, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgment from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgment of the receipt of the objection, it is the sender’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

Objections may also be hand delivered to the Pacific Northwest Regional Office, 1220 SW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97204, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (excluding Federal holidays). Objections may also be faxed to: Regional Forester, Attn: 1570: Objections at 503-808-2339. Objections must be postmarked or received by the reviewing officer, Regional Forester, within 45 days from the date of the publication of the legal notice.

Specific directions on how to file an objection are provided in 36 CFR 218.8. The objection must contain the minimum required content requirements specified in 36 CFR 218.8(d) and incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in 36 CFR 218.8(b). It is the objector’s responsibility to ensure timely filing of a written objection with the reviewing officer pursuant to 36 CFR 218.9. All objections are available for public inspection during and after the objection process.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Sasha Fertig, NEPA Planner, at 541-575-3061 or by e-mail: sashafertig@fs.fed.us.


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