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  NOTICE OF INTENT
THE MAVERICK POINT FOREST HEALTH PROJECT
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

	The Forest Supervisor, Manti-La Sal National Forest proposes to
implement projects within, and adjacent to, the Maverick Point and
Chippean Rocks area located in the Abajo Mountains, Monticello  Ranger
District, Manti-La Sal National Forest, San Juan County, Utah. The
project analysis will be documented as The Maverick Point Forest
Health Project Environmental Impact Statement. The project is designed
to increase the resistance and resilience of the vegetation
communities and watersheds to climate change stressors that may affect
the health of the vegetation, watersheds, and associated wildlife
habitat. The combination of treatments will reduce susceptibility to
the occurrence of stand replacing fire, improve the health and growth
of trees, and reduce the susceptibility to bark beetle outbreak.

	We plan to complete the analysis by March 2014. Ten actions are
proposed: 1) Within stands totaling about 1,300 acres, implement
thinning and selective harvest treatments of 8 inches DBH and larger
trees; 2) Implement TSI (timber stand improvement) thinning treatments
of trees less than 8 inches DBH and deciduous shrubs within stands
totaling about 4,400 acres; 3) Implement prescribed fire treatments in
ponderosa pine stands and adjacent pinyon-juniper, manzanita, and
Gambel oak stands following mechanical treatment on about 6,000 acres;
one maintenance prescribed burn would also be authorized. About 400
acres of pinyon pine, juniper, and sagebrush burning to improve
wildlife habitat is included; 4) Treat 60 to 90 acres to promote
regeneration and retention of aspen clones; 5) Implement mechanized
fuel reduction treatments (mastication or crushing) on about 2,000
acres; 6) About 10 miles of Forest System Road would receive
mechanized treatments to create shaded fuel breaks to provide safer
ingress/egress for the public and firefighters; 7) Authorize a road
system that includes about 32 miles of open road, 7 miles of
administrative road (closed to public), 5 miles of temporary road for
implementation, and decommissioning of 14 miles of existing
unauthorized routes; 8) Authorize a trail system that includes about
0.1 miles of non-motorized trail, 6 miles of motorcycle trail, 9 miles
of ATV trail, 1 mile other motorized trail, and closure of 5 miles of
trail; 9) restoration of headcut and spring areas; and 10) Reclamation
of abandoned uranium mine adits and stabilization of waste rock that
may be contributing contaminants downstream.

	The Forest Service is seeking information and comments from Federal,
State, and local agencies as well as individuals  and organizations
that may be interested  in, or affected by the proposed action. The
Forest Service invites written comments and suggestions on the issues
related to the proposal and the area being analyzed. The office
business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Oral
comments must be provided at the Responsible Official's office during
normal business hours via telephone 435-587-2041 or in person, or at
an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to
elicit public comments.

	Information received will be used in preparation of the Draft EIS and
Final EIS. For most effective use, comments should be submitted to the
Forest Service within 30 days of publication of the Notice of Intent
to prepare an environmental impact statement in the Federal Register.
Comments should include your name, address, telephone number,
organization represented (if any), title of the proposal, and specific
facts and supporting reasons for us to consider in the analysis. Names
and comments received are public information and will be released to
those who request them. This will include names, addresses, and any
other personal information provided with the comments.
Copies of the proposal are available at the Moab/Monticello District
office located at 432 East Center St., Monticello, Utah, or on the
Manti-La Sal National Forest internet site at
http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/mantilasal/landmanagement/projects.

	Questions and comments concerning the proposed action and EIS, or
requests for copies of the proposal should be addressed to Michael
Diem, District Ranger, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab/Monticello 
Ranger District, P.O. Box 820, Monticello, Utah 84535, phone:
435-587-2041,  fax: 435-587-2637. Electronic comments must be
submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text
(.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to
comments-intermtn-manti-lasal-moab-monticello@fs.fed.us.
Published in the Sun Advocate January 17, 2013.
    
    

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