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Legal Notice of Proposed Action Opportunity to Comment

   Legal Notice of Proposed Action
Opportunity to Comment
Willow Fuels Project

	The Manti-La Sal National Forest, Sanpete Ranger District is
preparing an Environmental Assessment for the Willow Fuels Project.
The project area is located east of Ephraim, Utah and it includes
Ephraim and New Canyon. The current vegetation communities are in a
condition that a fire start, on an average summer day, would be
uncharacteristically hot, difficult to control, and would be a
significant threat to private land and other developments in Ephraim
Canyon.  Based on recent experiences (e.g., Seeley Fire), the results
of such a fire would likely lead to overland flow, erosion, and debris
flows from storm events that would have negative impacts far
downstream from the National Forest System lands.  There is also a
need to provide an escape route from the Skyline Villas Subdivision
because there is currently only one way in or out of the subdivision. 

	The proposed action and associated analysis can be obtained from the
Sanpete Ranger District, 540 N. Main, Ephraim, Utah 84627. The comment
period ends 30 days following the date of publication of this legal
notice in the Sun Advocate. This publication date is the exclusive
means for calculating the time to submit comments on the proposed
action. Those wishing to comment on this proposal should not rely upon
dates or timeframes provided by any other source. Only those who
provide comment or otherwise express interest in the proposed action
during the comment period will be eligible as appellants. Interest
expressed or comments provided on this project prior to or after the
close of this comment period will not constitute standing for appeal
purposes. Comments must meet the requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.

	Comments must be submitted to Adam Solt, Acting District Ranger at
Sanpete Ranger District, 540 N. Main, Ephraim, Utah 84627, Fax Number
(435) 283-5616. Comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc or
.docx), pdf, rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), and hypertext
markup language (.html) to Comments may also be hand
delivered weekdays 8 AM to 4:30 PM at the above stated address, except
holidays. To be eligible for appeal, each individual or representative
from each organization submitting comments must either sign the
comments or verify identity upon request. Names and addresses of
commenters will become part of the public record.

	A public meeting will be held at the Sanpete Ranger District, 540 N.
Main, Ephraim, UT, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:30p.m. Specific
comments on this project will be accepted at this meeting

	The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity provider
and employer.
Published in the Sun Advocate February 28, 2013.

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