Forest Officials to revise Environmental Assessment on quartz proposal

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Ouachita National Forest officials expect to release a revised Environmental Assessment by the end of March on a proposal to extract quartz from an area of the forest, located in Yell County.

Adjustments will be made to the assessment taking into account input from the public after the 30-day comment period.

Once the revised assessment is completed, the public will be provided another opportunity to send in comments on the proposal.

“I want to thank the public for their input on the initial Environmental Assessment we released in December,” said Tim Oosterhous, Mena-Oden district ranger. “Input from the public is essential to the decision making process and allows us to develop alternatives that are responsive to public concerns while balancing multiple use management of the National Forest.

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