Federal Register Notice Issued for Bog Creek Road Project

For Immediate Release
DATE: June 1, 2018

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Federal Register Notice Issued for Bog Creek Road Project

Coeur d’Alene, IDAHO –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Bog Creek Road Project in the Federal Register on June 1, 2018. Publication of the NOA starts the 45 day public comment period on the draft EIS which assesses the potential impacts of repairing and maintaining a 5.6-mile section of the existing Bog Creek Road in the Selkirk Mountains in Boundary County, Idaho. The NOA and instructions on how to comment are available online at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/01/2018-11766/notice-of-availability-of-the-bog- creek-road-project-draft-environmental-impact-statement.

Additionally, members of the public can get additional information, have questions answered, and provide comments on the project while attending open houses hosted by CBP and Forest Service representatives in Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake, and Sandpoint, Idaho. The open houses will be open for attendance between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 19, 2018, Priest Lake Ranger Station, 32203 Highway 57, Priest Lake, Idaho

  • June 20, 2018, Sandpoint Ranger Station, 1602 Ontario Street, Sandpoint, Idaho

  • June 21, 2018, Bonners Ferry Ranger Station, 6286 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho

The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate alternatives that satisfy CBP’s national security requirement to secure our borders by gaining effective operational control of this area, while enabling the Forest Service to meet its management needs and other requirements under the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ Revised Land and Resource Management Plan. Bog Creek road is located approximately two miles from the Canadian border, on land within the Blue-Grass Bear Management Unit (BMU). The analysis includes proposals to close additional roads to motorized use within the BMU in order to comply with the Forest Plan and provide protection of grizzly bears in the Selkirk Recovery Zone.

CBP and the Forest Service have worked closely together to develop the EIS for the Bog Creek Road Project. The interagency collaboration, including ongoing consultation with the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other key stakeholders, will allow us to execute our important missions and goals to:

  • Secure our Nation’s borders while facilitating lawful trade and travel

  • Sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands

  • Conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats

We are committed to advancing our missions collaboratively for the protection of the United States, its people and its natural resources.