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More public comment sought on South Shore fuels reduction project

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board are preparing a joint environmental impact

statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the South Shore Fuels

Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project.



The Forest Service will serve as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act. The LWQCB will serve as the lead agency under the California

Environmental Quality Act . This project can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects.



During the initial scoping for this project in the summer of 2007, it was

determined that the project could have significant effects on the human

environment.

Therefore, the LTBMU Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron elected to prepare a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This process provides a very significant analysis and public participation.

This South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project will reduce the risks to communities, resources and water quality from catastrophic wildfire, and improve forest health and sustainability. The project was developed through coordination and collaboration with the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, the City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Fallen Leaf Fire Department, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (LWQCB), Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the Sierra Forest Legacy, League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the general public during February and March of 2007.

The proposed action was mailed to interested and affected parties in July of 2007, and there are no changes in the proposed action.

The Notice of Intent to prepare a joint EIS/EIR for the South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration project was published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2008 and mailed to interested and affected parties on January 18, 2008.

Those who previously submitted comments on this project need not resubmit

them; however, additional comments are welcomed. Scoping comments submitted previously on this project will be retained and treated the same as those received subsequent to this notice. The Forest Service has been and will continue to seek information, comments, and assistance from federal, state, and local agencies and other individuals or organizations who may be interested in or affected by the proposed action.

Those who wish to submit comments on the project should do so by February 15, 2008. Requests for copies of the Proposed Action or further information may be addressed to South Shore Project, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Telephone or e-mail contacts for the project are the Interdisciplinary Team Co-leaders: Duncan Leao (phone 530-543-2660, e-mail dleao@fs.fed.us); or Sue Rodman, (phone 530-621-5298, e-mail srodman@fs.fed.us ). The complete proposed action, including a map of proposed treatment areas, is available on the LTBMU website, at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects, under South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project Proposed Action – July 2007.

Additional opportunities to comment will occur upon completion of the joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) which is expected in April 2008 and the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR) expected in August 2008. The comment period on the DEIS/EIR will extend 45 days from the date the EPA notice appears in the Federal Register. At that time, copies of the DEIS/EIR will be distributed to interested and affected agencies, organizations, and members of the public for their review and comment. It is very important that those interested in the management of

the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit participate at that time.


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