COLORADO – GMUG Announces New Phase of Forest Plan Revision

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https://sharetrails.org/alert/colorado-gmug-announces-new-phase-of-forest-plan-revision/

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are moving into a new phase of plan development, starting with a formal scoping period. This 30-day comment period, which began April 3, 2018, will seek public input on the first elements of the Revised Forest Plan, including:

  • Key Needs for Change
  • Vision and Distinctive Role and Contribution of the GMUG
  • Proposed management area framework
Together, these sections provide a foundation for building a proposed plan that can provide for ecological sustainability, contribute to the area’s social and economic stability, and integrate resource management for multiple uses and ecosystem services.

Comments concerning the preliminary need for change provided in this notice must be received by May 3, 2018. The Draft EIS is expected in the spring of 2019, and the Final EIS is expected in the spring of 2020.

Comments may be submitted electronically online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan_comments. Written comments concerning this notice should be addressed to GMUG National Forests, Attn: Forest Plan Revision Team, 2250 S. Main St., Delta, CO 81416. Comments may also be sent via email to gmugforestplan@fs.fed.us with the subject line: “Scoping Comment,” or via facsimile to 970-874-6698. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received by visiting the public reading room online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan_readingroom.

For more information, contact Forest Plan Revision Team Leader Samantha Staley o (970-874-6666) or Assistant Forest Planner Brittany Duffy (970-874-6649) via email at gmugforestplan@fs.fed.us or mail at GMUG National Forests, Attn: Forest Plan Revision Team, 2250 S. Main St., Delta, CO 81416. Additional information concerning the planning process can be found online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan.

Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 Start Printed Page 14244between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

The GMUG National Forest plan revision website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/forestplan provides the full text of the preliminary need for change; distinctive role and contribution of the Forests; proposed management area framework; the 2018 assessments; public meeting materials from the assessment phase, including open house materials and recorded webinars; in public comments. The material available on these sites may be updated or revised at any time as part of the planning process.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2