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Objection Period Announced for the Travel Management Environmental Assessment on Magdalena Ranger District

posted May 21, 2015, 8:20 AM by DA Walsh
Albuquerque, NM, May 15, 2015—For Immediate Release. The Cibola National Forest announces the objection period for the Travel Management Plan for the Magdalena Ranger District.

Project Description: The Travel Management Rule requires each national forest and grassland to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use. The Cibola National Forest (NF) Travel Management Plan for Magdalena Ranger District Preferred Alternative results in 851 miles of roads designated open to public use, out of 1,170 miles currently open on the district. The preferred alternative also includes a 600-foot wide corridor for motorized big game retrieval and dispersed camping along 342 miles of road. For more specific details and to read the final environmental assessment and draft Decision Notice, please visit the forest website projects page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cibola/landmanagement/projects and select the project title.

Objection Period: The objection period will begin from date of publication in the legal notice in the Albuquerque Journal and end 45 calendar days from that date. Publication of the notice is expected to appear in the Wednesday, May 20, 2015 newspaper edition.

How to object: Written objections may be provided by mail or email. You may only submit an objection if you have already submitted a comment during the prior comment period; and only related to the same topic of your prior comment. Your objection must include the following:

1. Your name, address, and email.
2. Your signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for email may be filed with the objection).
3. When multiple names are listed on an objection, identification of the lead objector (verification of the identity of the lead objector shall be provided upon request).
4. The name of the proposed project, the name and title of the Responsible Official, and the name(s) of the National Forest(s) and/or Ranger District(s) on which the proposed project will be implemented.
5. A description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project if applicable, how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider.
6. A statement that demonstrates connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection.

Mailed comments should be sent to:
Cal Joyner, Regional Forester and Reviewing Officer
333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Comments must be postmarked no later than the end of the 45-day objection period. Emailed comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf) or Word (.doc) to objections-southwestern-regional-office@fs.fed.us and include the project title in the subject line. Faxed comments must be sent to 505.842.3800. Hand-delivered comments must be provided during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
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