Comment on Plumas National Forest OSV plan

Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The public comment period is now open regarding the U.S. Forest Service over-snow vehicle plans (motorized vehicles like snowmobiles and UTVs) for the Plumas National Forest. The comment period closes in early December.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments on the Plumas National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which discloses the comparative analysis of options being considered in designating snow areas and trails and snow trails where grooming would occur for public OSV use in Plumas National Forest.

The DEIS will be available online at fs.fed.us/nepa.

Comments will be accepted for 45 days from Oct. 26. Submitting project-specific written comments allows the Forest Service the opportunity to consider them before completing the final Environmental Impact Statement and draft record of decision, which are expected in April 2019. Comments will be accepted during several public open-house events planned for late November.

Only individuals or entities who submit timely, project-specific written comments during a public comment period will be eligible to file an objection. 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.

Electronic comments must be submitted through the Web-based Comment and Analysis Response Application located at the project-specific Web site. Attachments to comments must be submitted in one of the following three formats only: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), rich text format (.rtf) or Adobe portable document format (.pdf). Comments submitted to any other email addresses, in other formats or emails containing viruses will be rejected.

Comments may be mailed, delivered or faxed to: Plumas National Forest, Attn: Katherine Carpenter, 159 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971, or faxed to (530) 283-7746.

For more information, contact Carpenter, forest environmental coordinator at the Plumas National Forest, at (530) 283-7742 or kacarpenter@fs.fed.us.