Opportunity to comment on spruce salvage, fuels reduction

Staff Writer

The following information was submitted to The SUN about an opportunity to comment from the Pagosa Ranger District.

The district is in the process of preparing decision memos for two projects: the Wolf Creek Spruce Salvage (WCSS) project and Deep Canon Fuels Reduction (DCFR) project.

The WCSS project proposes to salvage dead spruce, up to 180 acres, in the Wolf Creek Pass area.

The DCFR project proposes mastication, post and pole removal, and/or hand thinning on approximately 286 acres in the Cabezon Canyon and Lower Piedra Campground areas.

Descriptions of the proposed projects and other information regarding these actions are available for review at the Pagosa Ranger District Office at 180 Pagosa St.

Information can also be downloaded from the San Juan National Forest projects website at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/projects.

How to comment
and timeframe

The comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by the district’s proposal an opportunity to make their concerns known before the responsible official makes a decision.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning the projects will be accepted for 30 calendar days from today, March 6.

To be eligible to appeal the subsequent decision on these projects, an individual or group must provide comment or otherwise express interest in the proposed actions during this comment period pursuant to the 36 CFR part 215 regulations. Those individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible for appeal must provide the information as stated in the 36 CFR part 215 regulations.

Written comments must be submitted to District Ranger, P.O. Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or be hand-delivered to the Pagosa District Office at 180 Pagosa St.

The ranger office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Comments may also be faxed to Attn: Sara Brinton, 264-1538, or e-mailed to: comments-rocky-mountain-san-juan-pagosa@fs.fed.us.

In cases where no identifiable name is attached, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. Anonymous comments will still be accepted and considered; however they will have no standing for appeal.

Oral comments must be provided in person at the district office during normal business hours or by calling 264-2268.

All comments received will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection.

For more information about the WCSS project, contact Gretchen Fitzgerald, 884-1435. For more information about the DCFR project, contact Fred Ellis, 264-1541.


This story was posted on March 6, 2014.