Opportunity to Comment on Mapes Crocker Project

Opportunity to Comment on Mapes Crocker Project

Preliminary Environmental Assessment

United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Beckwourth Ranger District,

Plumas National Forest

Plumas County, California

The United States Forest Service is welcoming comments on the Mapes Crocker Project Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) which discusses the need for the proposal, environmental impacts of the proposed action, and a listing of agencies and persons consulted. The Mapes Crocker project proposes to improve forest health and resilience, wildlife habitat, and water quality within a project area of approximately 10,600 acres on the Beckwourth Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, Plumas County. The proposed project area extends north from Portola along the east side of Lake Davis to Bagley Pass. The east side of the project area generally parallels County Road 111.

The project proposes treatments in conifer forests, aspen stands, and meadows on approximately 4,500 acres and includes mechanical thinning, mechanical fuels treatments, hand thinning, prescribed fire, and road maintenance, reconstruction, and obliteration. The EA is available online for public review and comment at the Plumas National Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56644. The opportunity to comment on the EA will end 30 days following the date of publication of this legal notice in the Feather River Bulletin and Portola Reporter.

Electronic comments are encouraged and should be submitted to: [email protected]. Comments submitted electronically must be in plain text (.txt), rich format (.rtf), Word (.doc or .docx), portable document format (.pdf), or an email message. Please include “Mapes Crocker Project” in the subject line. Hard copy comments may be mailed to: Keli Ward, NEPA Planner, Beckwourth Ranger District, 23 Mohawk Rd., PO Box 7, Blairsden, CA 96103.

Individuals and entities who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed action during the public comment period are eligible to file an objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218.25. For objection eligibility, each individual or entity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. For more information please contact Keli Ward at [email protected].