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Opportunity to Comment, North Quincy Wildfire Resiliency Project

Opportunity to Comment

North Quincy Wildfire Resiliency Project

Scoping Process

USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest

Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas County, California

The Mt. Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest in partnership with Feather River Resource Conservation District are initiating scoping for the North Quincy Wildfire Resiliency Project. The project is located adjacent to the town of Quincy, California. This project proposes to complete community wildfire protection and forest resiliency treatments on approximately 9,000 acres of Plumas National Forest. Treatments would be designed to improve the project area’s long-term resiliency to: high severity wildfire, prolonged drought, climate change, and insects and disease. Electronic copies of project specific scoping materials are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62659

To meet the purpose and needs of the project, a project specific Forest Plan Amendment (FPA) will be pursued. Specifically, the project will amend portions of standards outlined in the 2004 Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment ROD (hereafter 2004 SNFPA ROD) that currently limit canopy cover in specific conifer forest types to a threshold of 40% canopy cover. The substantive requirements of the planning rule that are likely related to this amendment are ecological sustainability (36 CFR §219.8(a)), ecosystem plan components (§219.9(a)), additional species- specific plan components (§219.9(b)), and integrated resource management for multiple use (§219.10(a)).

Due to the critical and time-sensitive nature of the proposed action, the Regional Office may elect to seek an Emergency Situation Determination (ESD) from the Chief of the Forest Service. If the ESD is sought and granted, it would expedite the actions proposed in this project (36 CFR 218.21). An ESD would waive the pre-decisional objection process under 36 CFR 218, allowing expedited implementation of the proposed activities in early summer of next calendar year. The Regional Office may also seek alternative arrangements with the Chief of the Forest Service (36 CFR 220.4(b)(2)) or use other emergency authorities.

If not waived through an ESD, this project will be subject to the pre-decisional administrative review process pursuant to 36 CFR §218, Subparts A and B. Only individuals or entities (as defined by 36 CFR §218.2) who submit timely, project specific written comments during a public comment period will be eligible to file an objection (36 CFR 218.24(b)(6)) and should sign the comments or verify identity upon request (36 CFR §218.24(b)(8)). Comments should be written within the scope of the proposed actions, have a direct relationship to the proposed actions, and must include supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider (36 CFR §218.2).

While comments will be considered any time during the planning process, electronic comments are encouraged, and will be accepted on this proposal between now and November 7, 2022. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the opportunity to comment scoping period. Commenters should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. It is the commenter’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR §218.25). Two public meetings will be held throughout the scoping process to present additional information about the project to the public.

Electronic comments should be submitted to the Responsible Official, Chris Carlton, Forest Supervisor, c/o: Monika Richardson at [email protected] with the subject: North Quincy Wildfire Resiliency Project. Attachments to comments must be submitted in one of the following formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf), or Adobe portable document format (.pdf). Comments submitted by mail should be addressed to Feather River Resource Conservation District: Attn: Monika Richardson, P.O. Box 3562, Quincy, California 95971.

If you have questions, wish to request or provide additional information, or would like a printed copy of the Proposed Action please contact Monika Richardson, Environmental Planning Coordinator, at (530)927-5299; [email protected], or David Kinateder, Plumas National Forest – Mt. Hough Ranger District, (530)283-7673.

If you do not wish to comment but would like to follow the development of this project proposal, please let us know in writing. Submitted comments and addresses will be used to develop a list of interested persons for future mailings.

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