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Public Notice

 The Manti-La Sal National Forest is considering issuing a 30-yer
Master Special Use Permit (MSUP) to the Natural Resource Conservation
Service (NRCS) for the continued operation and maintenance of twenty
existing hydrometeorological data collection sites located on National
Forest System lands and would like to consider your comments before
making a decision. Of the twenty existing data collection sites, ten
are SNOTEL (SNOw TELemetry) survey sites and the other ten are snow
course survey sites.  The MLS also proposes authorizing the NRCS to
upgrade the ten snow course survey sites to SNOTEL sites which would
involve 300-500 ft. of minor ground disturbance at each location.  

 Most of these sites have been in operation since the 1950s and some
since the 1930s.  The MSUP will cover all existing data collection
sites on all Ranger Districts of the forest.  This Decision will
comply with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NRCS and
the USDA Forest Service dated 11/20/2007 regarding snow survey and
water supply forecasting program facilities and activities.  

 Existing SNOTEL sites include:  Beaver Dams (#329), Buck Flat (#371),
Camp Jackson (#383), Clear Creek 1 (#399), Clear Creek 2 (#400), Dills
Camp (#444), La Sal Mtn Upper #572), Mammoth Cottonwood (#612), Red
Pine Ridge (#714), and Seeley Creek (#742).  Existing snow course
sites proposed to be upgraded to SNOTEL sites include:  GBRC Meadows
(11K11P), GBRC Headquarters (11K11P), Mt Baldy (11K12), Thistle Flat
(11K35), Rees Flat (11K36), Upper Joes Valley (11K29), Wrigley Creek
(11K32), Huntington Horseshoe (11K05), La Sal Mtn Lower (09L01), and
Buckboard Flat (09MOI).  More information about the proposal is posted
on the Forest Service web site at:  Manti-La Sal National Forest-
Projects, and information about the locations is posted on the NRCS
website at:

 If the special use permit is authorized as proposed, it would be
implemented under the guidance of the Manti-La Sal National Forest
Land and Resource Management Plan (1986).  In order to make a decision
about the proposal, the Forest Service will consider issues and
impacts to forest resources.  No extraordinary circumstances have been
identified for any of the proposed permits, therefore, I anticipate
categorically excluding each of these activities from documentation in
an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement

 We would also like to consider any issues or concerns you have
related to the proposals.  Please send us your comments by June 21,
2011.  Written comments can be sent by mail to Pam Brown, USDA Forest
Service, 599 West Price River Drive, UT 84501, by FAX at (435)
637-4940, or by e-mail at, and
should include the project name, your name, address, and telephone
number.  Comments should also include specific facts or supporting
reasons that you believe should be considered by the Responsible
Official in reaching a decision.  

 All comments will be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).  Please be aware that if you comment, any
personal identifying information including your name, address, phone
number, e-mail address, and any other information that you include may
be made available for public inspection at any time.  All submissions
from organizations and businesses or their representatives will be
available for public inspection in their entirety.

 Thank you for your interest in the management of the Mani-La Sal
National Forest Ferron-Price Ranger District.  We encourage and
appreciate your participation in the planning process for all of our
Published in the Sun Advocate June 7, 2011.

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