PUBLIC NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT USDA Forest Service Fishlake National Forest Beaver Ranger District Beaver County, Utah Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:04 pm

The Beaver Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the potential effects of removing fire or beetle killed or damaged timber from the approximately 1,240 acres within the 44,376 acre Twitchell Canyon fire which burned on National Forest System lands. The Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale is located in the Indian Creek, North Fork of North Creek and Shingle Creek drainages of the Tushar Mountain range.

The purpose of this project is to recover the economic value of burned or beetle infested timber before the commercial value of the wood is lost to deterioration, to replace growing stock by planting trees within the previously harvested and stocked areas, and to provide public safety along existing roads and near dispersed campsites. The analysis area is comprised of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest types. Dead ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and white fir trees deteriorate rapidly relative to wood quality, volume and value.

A copy of the Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale Draft EA, Chapters 1 and 2 is now available for review at the contact address and phone number noted below and is also posted on the Fishlake National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/fishlake/landmanagement/projects

Pursuant to 36 CFR 215, you are invited to comment on this proposal during a 30-day comment period. The purpose of this comment period is to provide an opportunity for the public to provide early and meaningful participation on a proposed action prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. Written comments must be postmarked by the Postal Service, faxed, or sent via electronic mail by 11:59 pm on the 30th calendar day following publication of this legal notice of the opportunity to comment. Letters should be submitted to: District Ranger, Beaver Ranger District, 575 S. Main, P.O Box E, Beaver, UT 84713. Hand-delivered comments must be provided during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday). If submitting comments via FAX, send to: 435-438-1242. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), adobe (.pdf), or Word (.doc) format to comments-intermtn-fishlake-beaver@fs.fed.us with Subject: Twitchell Fire Salvage Sale. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the 30-day comment period. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure their comments are received in a timely manner. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible for appeal must provide, during the 30-day comment period, name, address, and comments on the proposed actions along with supporting reasons that the Responsible Official should consider in reaching a decision. A signature or other verification of identity must be provided upon request (36 CFR 215.6). In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an electronic message, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. A scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this project, and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however those who submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215.

The Forest Service will consider timely comments in reaching a final decision on this proposal. The final EA document and decision notice will be sent to those that commented or requested it. A decision on this project is expected in May 2013.

If you need copies of the Draft EA, Chapters 1 and 2, please contact Andrew Orlemann at (435) 896-1035 or aorlemann@fs.fed.us.

Published in The Richfield Reaper April 3, 2013. UPAXLP

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