Feather River Bulliten Legal Notices for the week of 2/10/2010LEGAL NOTICE
USDA FOREST SERVICE
PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST
ST. LOUIS FUELS REDUCTION PROJECT
The Plumas National Forest is initiating a 30-day scoping period for the St. Louis Fuels Reduction Project on the Feather River Ranger District. The St. Louis Project would reduce fire hazards around the communities of La Porte and American House by constructing approximately 485 acres of Defensive Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs) and approximately .5 mile of temporary roads. The Forest Service proposes to: 1) construct approximately 485 acres of fuel breaks known as Defensible Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs) and; 2) perform associated road system improvement work such as temporary road construction.
The project area is located north and southwest of La Porte and southwest and northeast of American House in Plumas County. Communities in the project area include La Porte and American House.
The public is encouraged to take part in the environmental analysis process for the St. Louis Project by submitting written or oral comments on the proposal or visiting with Forest Service officials. This project is being advertised as a Healthy Forest Restoration Project (HFRA) which under Section 105(a) of the HFRA replaces the USDA Forest Service’s administrative appeals process with an objection process that occurs before the decision approving the authorized fuels reduction projects under the Act is finalized.
In February 2003, the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act was signed and extended the HFQLG Pilot Project legislation by another five years. In December 2007, the 2008 Appropriations Act was signed and extended the HFQLG Pilot Project legislation to September 30, 2012. It also applied some portions of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (Sections 104-106) to HFQLG projects. These sections relate to environmental analysis, public notice, comment and objection processes, and judicial review. In March 2009, the Omnibus Appropriations Act amended this, clarifying that Section 106 0f the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (related to expedited judicial review) shall apply to all HFQLG projects, while Sections 104 and 105 (related to environmental analysis and objection processes) may be applied to HFQLG projects.
Instead of an appeal period, there will be an objection process before the final decision is made and after the environmental document is mailed (reference 36 CFR 218). In order to be eligible to file an objection to the preferred alternative, specific written comments related to the project must be submitted during scoping or any other periods public comment is specifically requested on this EA (218.5). Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual, objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. Names and addresses of those who comment and/or file objections will become part of the public record.
For more information on how this objection process works and the requirements, contact the Feather River Ranger District office or you may read the regulations under 36 CFR 218 Subpart A on the national Forest Service web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/36cfr218a.htm.
Comments may be: 1) mailed to the attention of Sharen Parker, Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville, CA 95965; 2) hand delivered weekdays between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm (PST) at the above address; 3) faxed to (530) 532-1210; or 4) electronically mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments submitted electronically must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
A copy of the proposed action or additional information can be obtained by visiting the Feather River Ranger District at the address above or by contacting Sharen Parker or JoAnna Arroyo, project leaders, at 530-534-6500.
Date of publication: February 10, 2010.
Feb. 10, 2010