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Santa Fe National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management

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Date: 07/21/2008

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Santa Fe National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management

The Santa Fe National Forest will be conducting thirteen public meetings during July and August regarding their Proposed Action (PA) for Managing Motorized Travel. The development of the Proposed Action or "scoping phase" is the start of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Action was published in the Federal Register on July 17, 2008. This initiates the 45-day public comment period that will run from July 18 through September 2, 2008.

Your comments will contribute to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), expected within the next 8-12 months. A second opportunity to comment will follow release of the DEIS, with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and decision expected for release in 2009. Once the decision is made, maps will be developed and routes will be signed.

The Notice of Intent and Santa Fe National Forest's Proposed Action, along with maps, can be found on the Forest website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/travelmgt/index.html. They will also be available at Ranger Stations and local libraries.

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE:

Monday, July 28, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

CHET Fire Department

Hwy. 518

Cleveland, NM

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Coyote Elementary School

W. Hwy. 96

Coyote, NM

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

West Kennedy Hall, NMHU

University Ave.

Las Vegas, NM

Thursday, July 31, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Valles Caldera Conference Room

18161 Hwy. 4

Jemez Springs, NM

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 10 am. - 12:30 p.m.

Pecos Middle School Cafeteria

N. Hwy. 63

Pecos, NM

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Pea Blanca Community Center Gym

778 Hwy. 22

Pea Blanca, NM

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Hondo Volunteer Fire Department

645 Old Las Vegas Hwy.

Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Cuba Senior Center

16A Cordova St.

Cuba, NM

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

107 W. Barcelona Road

Santa Fe, NM

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Fuller Lodge

2132 Central Ave.

Los Alamos, NM

Monday, Aug. 18, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Espanola Ranger Station

1710 N. Riverside Drive

Espaola, NM

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Destiny Center

4401 Northern Blvd. NE

Rio Rancho, NM

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 6 - 8:30 p.m.

UNM Conference Center-Room B

1634 University Blvd. NE,

Albuquerque, NM

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT CONTACTS

If you have questions about the NEPA process or making comments, please contact the Travel Management Project Leader, Julie Bain, at (505) 438-7829 or sftravelmgt@fs.fed.us.

If you have a technical question, contact one of the district rangers below, or Diane Taliaferro, Forest Recreation Program Manager, at (505) 438-7823.

Coyote Ranger District

Francisco Sanchez, District Ranger

(505) 638-5526

Cuba Ranger District

Derek Padilla or Jim Eaton, District Ranger

(575) 289-3264

Jemez Ranger District

Linda Riddle, District Ranger

(575) 829-3535

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

Steve Romero, District Ranger

(505) 757-6121 Pecos or (505) 425-3534 Las Vegas

Espanola Ranger District

Sandy Hurlocker, District Ranger

(505) 753-7331

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

Thanks in advance for your support,

Brian Hawthorne

Public Lands Policy Director

BlueRibbon Coalition

208-237-1008 ext 102

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