LEGAL NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT
LEGAL NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT
Shalom Hazard Fuels Project Environmental Assessment Notice of
Predecisional Administrative Review Process USDA Forest Service,
Manti-La Sal National Forest,
Ferron/Price Ranger District.
The Shalom Hazard Fuels Project Environmental Assessment (EA) is
completed and has been mailed to those members of the public who have
requested to be included in the project mailing list, or have
submitted written comments. This project is an authorized hazardous
fuels reduction project as defined by the Healthy Forest Restoration
Act of 2003, section 101(2) (HFRA). The Preferred Alternative
(Alternative 2) proposes the following:
1) Salvage: includes removing dead Engelmann spruce trees greater
than 10 inches in diameter with the exception of dead Engelmann spruce
trees needed to meet wildlife tree criteria and select dead Engelmann
spruce trees in riparian areas. Salvage requires the construction of
approximately twenty nine miles of temporary road on National Forest
land. All temporary road construction would be obliterated after
timber harvest and rehabilitated. Approximately thirty percent of the
proposed temporary roads would use existing closed road locations.
Additional construction may include approximately one mile of
temporary road on private land with agreement of private landowners.
2) Improving ingress and egress on Forest Road 50230, this road is
the main access to camp MIA Shalom in Little Swens Canyon. The
project would include widening the road or creating turnouts along the
road. The MIA Shalom Camp hosts approximately 1,000 persons
throughout the summer; the improved access has been requested by the
3) Reduce fuels on approximately 5670 acres using a combination of
fuels treatments including pre-commercial thinning, piling and
burning, prescribed burning, and mastication (mechanical mulcher).
The project's Responsible Official is Allen Rowley, Acting Forest
Supervisor. Copies of the EA may be obtained by writing or calling the
Sanpete District office, 540 North Main Street, Ephraim, Utah (phone:
435-636-3327) or (phone: 435-283-4151), or may be viewed on the
internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/mantilasal/projects/. Additional
information about the proposed project may be obtained from the
project leader (Mike Scottorn) at the Sanpete District office.
Eligibility to File Objections
This proposal is subject to objection under 36 CFR 218 Subpart A.
This process is not subject to notice, comment, and appeal provisions
pursuant to 36 CFR 215 (see 36 CFR 218.3). Objections will only be
accepted from those who submitted written comments specific to the
proposed project during the 30 day comment period following notice of
our intent to proceed with an EA under the HFRA process (36 CFR
Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own
comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual,
objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as
those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf
of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or
organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having
previously submitted comments on the project (218.7). Names and
addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.
Contents of an Objection
Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted
only as provided for at 36 CFR 218.8(b). Minimum content requirements
of an objection (218.8(c.) include
â¢ Objector's name and address with a telephone number if
with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon
â¢ Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are
along with verification upon request;
â¢ Name of HFRA project, responsible official, national
district of project, and
â¢ Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the
project objected to, specific issues related to the project, and
suggested remedies which would resolve the objection.
Filing an Objection
Any objections, including attachments, must be filed (regular mail,
fax, email, hand-delivery, or express delivery) with the Reviewing
Officer postmarked or received within 30 days following publication of
this legal notice in the Sun Advocate, newspaper of record. This date
is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection.
Timeframe information from other sources should not be relied on.
Time extensions of the objection time period are not permitted
(218.10). The Reviewing Officer is the Regional Forester. Send
objections to: Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region
USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or
by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic
objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message,
pdf, plant text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc or
.docx) and must include the project name in the subject line.
Objections may also be hand delivered to the above address, during
regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday. It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their
objection is received in a timely manner (218.10).
Timing of Project Decision and Implementation
When the objection-filing period has ended and responses have been
made to all objections by the Reviewing Officer, the Responsible
Official may make a final decision on the proposed project. The
Reviewing Officer shall issue a written response to the Objectors
within 30 days following the end of this objection-filing period
(218.10). When no timely objections are filed, a decision can be made
on the 5th business day following the close of the filing period
(218.12). Implementation may begin immediately after the decision is
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.
Published in the Sun Advocate April 16, 2013.
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