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Forest Service releases enviro assessment on Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain plan

An Environmental Assessment and Draft Decision Notice analyzing the implementation of projects contained in the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan has been completed and is available for review.

There will be no further comment period on this project, but individuals who submitted timely and specific written comments during the prior scoping period will have eligibility to file an objection. Objections to the documents must be received within 45 days of the publication of a notice of availability.

The Hunter-Smuggler Plan contains a range of projects across a 4,681 acre project area in the White River National Forest, Aspen and Sopris Ranger District. The project area is adjacent to Smuggler Mountain Open Space (Pitkin County) and private property. The Proposed Action includes the following project groups:

• Recreation trail improvements, management and maintenance

• Forest health and wildlife habitat improvements and management

• Smuggler Mountain Road (County Road 21) improvements and maintenance

• Outdoor education

The forest, in partnership with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Pitkin County and the City of Aspen, will implement approximately 10 acres of forest vegetation treatments this fall on Smuggler Mountain. The responsible official with approval authority for these activities is David Francomb, Acting Aspen and Sopris District Ranger.

Concurrent with the release of the EA, a Draft Decision Notice is also available for review. Based on the analysis presented in the EA, the Forest Service has identified Alternative 2 as the Forest Service’s Selected Alternative. The Selected Alternative includes implementing various projects to improve forest health, wildlife habitat, recreation and other values within the study area. The specific elements of Alternative 2 are described in detail in Chapter 2 of the EA.

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: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; FAX: (970) 945-3266; or email objections-rocky-mountain-whiteriver@fs.fed.us.

Copies of the EA are available for review at the Aspen Ranger District Office and online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=41413.

For additional information call Martha Moran at (970) 945-3312 or David Francomb at (970) 963-2266.


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