USDA - Forest Service

Emigrant Creek Ranger District

Malheur National Forest

Harney County, Oregon

The Egley Fire Restoration Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for 30-day public review and comment. The Egley Fire complex was the name given to a cluster of 3 individual lightning caused fires (Egley, Silver and Bear Canyon) northwest of Burns, Oregon that burned almost 140,000 acres, of which about 98,000 acres are on National Forest System lands administered by the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Malheur National Forest. The Egley Fire resulted in a high severity burn in most of the drainages of Emigrant, Blue, Stinger, and Dodson Creeks. The legal location is primarily in T19S, R25E, T19S, R26E, T19S, R27E, T19S, R28E, T20S, R25E, T20S, R26E, T20S, R27E, T20S, R28E, T20S, R29E, T21S, R25E, T21S, R26E, T21S, R27E, T21S, R28E, T22S, R27E, T22S, R28E, and T23S, R28E.

The Proposed Action proposes to cut down danger trees along roads, trails, fences and other improvements within the Egley Fire complex. Selected danger trees would be salvaged, areas would be reforested and roads would be closed, decommissioned, and opened. The Responsible Official is Jerome Hensley, District Ranger for Emigrant Creek Ranger district, Malheur National Forest.

The Responsible Official, Jerome Hensley is requesting an emergency situation determination for the project as provided for in Sec. 215.10.

For further information, or to request a hard copy of the EA, contact Lori Bailey at the Emigrant Creek Ranger District, 265 Hwy 20 South, Hines, OR 97738; telephone (541) 573-4300; FAX (541) 573-4398 or email at comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-emigrantcreek@fs.fed.us. The EA is available on the following Malheur National Forest website:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/malheur/projects/index.shtml

This comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to make their concerns known prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. Pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215.5, the opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice (36 CFR 215.6). Those who provide timely and substantive comments will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of this notice. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculation the comment period for this proposal. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

Written comments must be submitted to the Responsible Official: Jerome Hensley, District Ranger, 265 Highway 20 South, Hines, Oregon 97738. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during normal business hours via telephone 541-573-4300 or in person, or at an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to comments-pacificnorthwest-malheur-emigrantcreek@fs.fed.us. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

Electronic comments must be submitted as part of the actual e-mail message or as an attachment in Microsoft Word, rich text format, or portable document format only. E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above, in other formats than those listed or containing viruses will be rejected.

It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments by electronic means to ensure that their comments have been received. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.

Published July 23, 2008

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