Draft Proposed Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft Proposed Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement are being made available prior to an official Notice of Availability (NOA) being published in the Federal Register and the start of an official 90-day comment period (anticipated in summer 2019). The Carson NF will not solicit feedback on these documents until they have been officially released and the formal comment period begins, following the NOA. They are being provided “unofficially”, in advance so that the public may familiarize themselves with the content, and prepare to comment.

Over the past two years the Carson NF has worked with our Government Working Group (cooperating agencies) and the public to develop a Draft Proposed Plan. The public has provided feedback on two preliminary versions which has been incorporated into this draft. A summary of the changes to the draft plan and alternatives that have been made to version 2 of the Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan (Dec 2017) is available hereThe draft plan includes components that apply to the entire forest (forest-wide), designated areas, and management areas. Plan components include desired conditions, objectives, standards, and guidelines.

In addition to the draft proposed plan, detailed alternatives have been developed including the no action alternative (continued management under the current 1986 plan). Alternatives represent a range of possible management options against which to evaluate the comparative merits of the proposal. Each alternative emphasizes specific land and resource uses and de-emphasizes other uses in response to significant issues identified by the assessment or raised by the public.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other relevant Federal and State laws and regulations. This environmental impact statement discloses the indirect, and cumulative environmental and socio-economic impacts that would result from the proposed action and alternatives.

Draft Proposed Plan and Alternatives

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Other Relevant Documents





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd620577