Blue Mountain Eagle
CANYON CITY – The Grant County Court and Sheriff are asking the public for its comments on specific roads affected by the Elk 16 and Big Mosquito projects, as noted in draft decisions issued recently by Malheur National Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin.
The comments should be submitted to the Court office at the Courthouse in Canyon City by 5 p.m. next Tuesday, May 5.
The Court plans to submit a written response to the Forest Service plans within the 45-day objection period that began April 1.
The Forest Service earlier held public comment periods on the two forest projects. Only those who gave substantive comments at that time have standing to participate in the objection phase. The Court was among those commenting on the projects.
A notice posted by the Court today says its own public comment period is to assist in “providing informed and substantive input to the Malheur National Forest in compliance with Ordinance 2013-01.”
The county ordinance states that all roads shall remain open “as historically and customarily utilized consistent with Grant County plans and policies, unless otherwise authorized for closure by the Grant County Court and Grant County Sheriff.”
The Court asked that comments be as detailed as possible and refer to a specific road, or segment of road, that is proposed for change in the Elk 16 and Big Mosquito draft decision documents.