Comments Sought on Wild and Scenic River Project

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The Mt. Hood National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Oregon District are inviting the public to comment on a proposal to adopt a comprehensive river management plan for nine rivers as part of the Wild and Scenic River Planning project.

Nine rivers were designated as additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act for a total of 81 miles of additional wild and scenic river. The designated rivers are: Collawash River, Eagle Creek, East Fork Hood River, Fifteenmile Creek, Fish Creek, Middle Fork Hood River, South Fork Clackamas River, South Fork Roaring River, and Zigzag River. South Fork Clackamas River includes both Forest Service and BLM-administered lands. The Forest and BLM began the planning process for these rivers in June 2017.

The scoping packet is available for review on the project website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54674. Information can also be found on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan website and BLM project website.

The purpose of this outreach effort is to invite your participation during our public involvement process at this early stage of proposal development. Any comments you may have at this stage of project development are welcome. In particular, if you have information you feel the Forest Service may not be aware of, or have concerns regarding this proposed action, please send that information in writing to the address at the end of this letter. We anticipate that the level of review necessary for this proposal will be covered through an Environmental Assessment (EA).

Public involvement is a key element of the land management planning process. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act provides the framework for public participation in the federal decision making process. Public input at this point in the process will help identify issues associated with this planning process and guide development of possible alternatives to the proposed action. Comments will again be solicited from the public and other federal, state and local agencies when a preliminary assessment and draft comprehensive river management plan are available.

We would like your comments by August 26, 2019.

Electronic comments including attachments may be submitted electronically via the website link below. Specific written comments may also be submitted via mail or hand delivered to the Zigzag Ranger Station between the hours of 7:45 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.

Website: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=54674. Link is located on the left side of the project website.

Mail & Hand Delivery: Wild and Scenic River Planning Comments, 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag OR 97049 or BLM Northwest Oregon District, Wild and Scenic River Planning Comments, Attn: Whitney Wirthlin, 1717 Fabry Road SE, Salem, OR 97306

For questions, please contact Jennie O’Connor Card, team leader, at 406-522-2537 or jennie.oconnorcard@usda.gov.

 

 

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