Opportunity to comment on Guadalupe District's proposed Cave 023 Entrance Gating Project

CARLSBAD and ALAMOGORDO, NM – The Lincoln National Forest’s Guadalupe Ranger District is proposing to construct a gate at the entrance pit of Cave 023. The gate would bar unauthorized access while still allowing for entry by those with a valid LNF cave entry permit or for administrative access. Primary reasons for gating caves are to protect the public if exceptional known risks are present and/or to protect sensitive resources. The cave has a 180 foot vertical entry shaft that poses a fall hazard to area users. This extensive cave system also contains unique formations and a near pristine cave ecosystem that warrant protection. The USFS is prohibited from disclosing cave locations to the public under 36 CFR 290.4.

Additional information regarding these actions can be obtained from: Aaron Stockton, 5203 Buena Vista Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220; 575-885-4181; astockton@fs.fed.us; or on the Lincoln National Forest projects website - http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/lincoln/landmanagement/projects.

How to Submit Comments

Electronic comments including attachments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or hypertext markup language (.html) to comments-southwestern-lincoln-guadalupe@fs.fed.us and include the project title in the subject line. Written comments may also be addressed to: Gordon Martin, District Ranger, c/o Andrew Ellis, 901, Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; or faxed to 575-257-6174. Oral or hand-delivered comments must be received within our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at either the Guadalupe Ranger District (575-885-4181), or the Smokey Bear Ranger District (575-257-4095).

Anyone submitting a comment is asked to provide their name and postal mailing address so that they can be added to the project mailing list. Comments submitted anonymously will be considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

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