Indian Valley Record legal notices for the week of 12/12/2012

Legal Notice_
30-Day Comment Period for
_Decision Memos_
Opportunity to Comment on _
Dark Ravine Placer Mining Proposal
The Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District, is preparing a Decision Memo for approving a Plan of Operations for the Dark Ravine mining claims. The Plan of Operations would allow claimant, Tomas Zubicek, to conduct exploratory placer mining activities on National Forest System lands. The claimant's proposal involves excavation of four test pits with a mini excavator to evaluate placer deposits for mineral content. The location of the proposed exploration is southwest of Greenville, off of National Forest System Road 27N92; T26N, R8E, Section 24, MDBM.  The proposed action description and other information are available for review at the Mt. Hough Ranger District. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Leslie Edlund, 39696 Hwy 70, Quincy CA 95971, 530-283-0555, ledlund@fs.fed.us. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In light of a recent court ruling (Sequoia ForestKeeper v. Tidwell, 11-cv-00679-LJO-DLB (E.D. Cal.)), the Forest Service will provide public notice, comment, and opportunity for administrative appeal for projects and activities documented with a "Decision Memo" (36 CFR 220.6(e)) until new instructions are issued by the Washington Office, or the Agency issues regulations addressing the Court's ruling. In addition, the Forest Service will prepare Decision Memos and offer notice, comment and appeal opportunities for timber sales and proposed approvals of oil or gas exploration and development activities that rely upon Section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Only those who provide comment or express interest in this proposal during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the decision pursuant to 36 CFR part 215 regulations._
How to Comment and Timeframe_
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Feather River Bulletin. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. 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. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period._
Written comments must be submitted to: Michael Donald (c/o Leslie Edlund), District Ranger, Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, California, 95971. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during normal business hours via telephone (530) 283-0555 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-pacificsouthwest-plumas-mthough@fs.fed.us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.  Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.
Published FRB, IVR_
December 12, 2012


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