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U.S. Forest Service taking comments for management plan for land south of Eagle

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EAGLE — The U.S. Forest Service has announced the release of the draft Decision Notice for the Hardscrabble project south of Eagle. An environmental assessment was completed that analyzed the proposed action to conduct vegetation management activities in the area.

Vegetation management in this area will help improve forest resilience to future disturbances including wildfire and insect epidemics by increasing age class diversity in the area. Treating large stands of trees will also help reduce potential adverse impacts of future wildfires on forest resources, including potential impacts to infrastructure, improvements and municipal watersheds. Additionally, the proposed action will also provide timber and forest products to local markets.

The deciding official, District Ranger Aaron Mayville, has reviewed the environmental assessment of the proposed action and found no significant impact.

"The environmental assessment revealed that the proposed action would not have significant impact on the surrounding area," said Mayville.

The release of the draft Decision Notice initiates a final 45-day public objection period where members of the public may review the findings and the proposed action and submit relevant comments. Only those who have submitted timely and formal written comments in the previous comment period will have eligibility to file an objection.

Project documents are available for download on the White River National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41673. Hard copies may be reviewed at the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, in Minturn.

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Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery or messenger service (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Reviewing Officer, Brian Ferebee, Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd, Building 17, Lakewood, CO 80401; FAX: 303-275-5134, or email r02admin_review@fs.fed.us.

If no objections are received during the objection period, a final Decision Notice will be issued. Work could begin as soon as summer of 2018.