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    Environmental Analysis for 42 Closed Eldorado National Forest Routes



    Draft Environmental Analysis for 42 Closed Eldorado National Forest Routes Available Feb. 20
    Release Date: Feb 15, 2013 Placerville, CA
    Contact(s): Frank Mosbacher, 530-621-5268

    On February 20, 2013, the Forest Service will release a draft environmental analysis that examines the impacts on meadows from 42 separate motorized routes in the Eldorado National Forest. The routes were closed by court order last year pending the outcome of a supplemental environmental impact statement. A draft SEIS will be available for public review and comment on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado (link to Project Page).

    For those of you that have not yet had the opportunity too wheel the Eldorado National Forest, Rubicon Trail you will want to follow these articles from the USDA/Forest Services:

    Eldorado National Forest Travel Management
    Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
    El Dorado, Placer, Amador and Alpine Counties


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    An update on the Rubicon Trail & Eldorado National Forest from USDA/FS



    An update on the Rubicon Trail & Eldorado National Forest from USDA/FS........

    42 Routes Project Update Status:

    A supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the affected 42 routes is in progress.
    The Draft SEIS was released for pubic comment on February 20. It consists of two volumes, one contains the analysis and one contains the maps.
    Please keep in mind that the draft SEIS is not the final decision, it’s our best shot to date and will be available for your review and comment. Once the notice is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days to comment on the alternatives and our analysis. We will then analyze those comments and complete the Final SEIS and the decision.
    The Final SEIS will be prepared after the public comment period and is expected to be completed about July 2013.
    Link to 2008 Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Decision.
    Documents:
    Draft Stage - See Open House schedule below.
    Draft Supplemental Enivronmental Impact Statement: Volume 1 (pdf)
    Draft SEIS Volume 2 (11 x 17 inch map packets):
    Cover Page
    Alternative 1 Maps (pdf) - Proposed Action
    Alternative 2 Maps (pdf) - No Action
    Alternative 3 Maps (pdf) - Preferred Alternative
    Alternative 4 Maps (pdf)
    DSEIS Project Update
    DSEIS Question and Answers
    DSEIS Public Meeting Alternative 1 Map (pdf)
    DSEIS Public Meeting Alternative 2 Map (pdf)
    DSEIS Public Meeting Alternative 3 Map (pdf)
    DSEIS Public Meeting Alternative 4 Map (pdf)
    Scoping and Proposed Stage -
    Scoping Letter (pdf)
    Proposed Action (pdf)
    Link to Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) database for this project
    Scoping Phase SEIS 8.5 x 11 inch Maps -
    Amador Ranger District Proposed Action Map (pdf)
    Pacific Ranger District Proposed Action Map (pdf)
    Placerville Ranger District Proposed Action Map (pdf)
    Additional Information -
    Route List
    Information on Meadows (pdf)
    Meadow Surveys (all pdfs):
    Meadow Survey Method (pdf)
    8N23B 10N26 14N27
    9N01 10N98 14N39
    9N04 10NY04 14N58
    9N08 10NY05 16E21
    9N15 10NY06 17E12
    9N82 11N09A 17E16
    9N83 11N22 17E17
    9N95 11N23F 17E19
    10N01 11NY32 17E21
    10N03 12NY06 17E24
    10N06 12NY15 17E28
    10N14 13N24 17E73
    10N21 14N05

    Open House Schedule:
    February 26, 2013: Placerville Inn, 6850 Greenleaf Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. drop-in from 3 - 8 p.m.
    March 5, 2013: Turtle Rock Community Center, 17300 State Route 89, Markleeville CA 96120. drop-in from 4 to 8 p.m.
    March 6, 2013: Amador County Administration Center - Board Chambers, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642. drop-in 3 - 8 p.m.
    Comment Period:
    A paper copy of the DSEIS is also available for review at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office located on 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667 and at the Placerville, Pacific, and Amador Ranger District offices.

    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. Those who provide comments during this comment period are eligible to participate in the administrative review process.

    At this time the Notice, Comment, and Appeal Procedures (36 CFR part 215) are the regulations providing guidance on the administrative review process. The Forest Service published a proposed rule for a Project-Level Predecisional Administrative Review Process in the Federal Register (Federal Register volume 77, Number 153, August 8, 2012) to replace the 36 CFR part 215 Notice, Comment and Appeal Procedures. The Forest Service will be implementing the Final Predecisional Administrative Review Procedures (36 CFR part 218) in the next few months and the Responsible Official may choose to follow that process for this project if available and timely.

    How to Comment and Timeframe –
    The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DSEIS in the Federal Register, the opportunity to provide comments to establish eligibility to appeal/object under 36 CFR 215/36 CFR 218 ends 45 days following that date. The Comment Period ends April 8, 2013. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for a proposed action documented in a DSEIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

    Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted; however, to assure eligibility to object if the administrative review process is used, comments should be written rather than oral.

    It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period.

    By Mail or Hand Delivery during normal business hours to:

    Eldorado National Forest
    Kathryn D. Hardy, Forest Supervisor
    "Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Supplemental DEIS"
    100 Forni Road,
    Placerville, CA 95667

    Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

    By Fax:

    (530) 621-5297 at above office hours.

    By Email:
    comments-pacificsouthwest-eldorado@fs.fed.us

    Acceptable formats for electronic comments are plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Word (.doc).

    Oral:
    Oral comments must be provided at the Responsible Official’s office during normal business hours via telephone (530) 622-5061 or in person, or at an official agency function (public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments. To assure eligibility to object if the administrative review process is used, comments should be written rather than oral.

    Note: Names and addresses of those who comment will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action, and will be available for public inspection. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely comments will have eligibility to appeal/object the subsequent decision under 36 CFR 215/36 CFR 218. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal/object must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6/36 CFR 218.5.

    When using electronic mail, please send your name and physical address in addition to your email address. Thank you.

    Related Maps:
    Currently Open Routes: The 2012 Motor Vehicle Use Map has been updated and is available. The MVUM displays all routes that are currently open on the forest.This is the legal map for vehicle travel . The forest order is now expired since the MVUM make takes precedence.
    Expired Meadow Closure Route maps and description: The expired forest order is still linked for visitors that would like a description.
    Written description of routes from the expired Forest Order 03-12-04
    Forest Order: Placerville Ranger District maps
    Forest Order: Pacific Ranger District maps
    Forest Order: Amador Ranger District maps
    Background:
    May 26, 2011: U.S. District Court Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton found that the Forest Service failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) when it designated 42 existing wheeled motorized vehicle routes that cross portions of meadows with their 2008 Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Decision.

    The order stated that the Forest Service failed to complete a required Riparian Conservation Objective analysis for standards and guidelines in its Land and Resource Management Plan pertaining to segments that cross meadows.

    February 14, 2012: The court directed the Forest Service to submit a proposed order that will set aside the decision that designates the 42 routes to the degree they go through meadows, and not affecting the sections of those same roads that do not go through meadows, unless they cannot otherwise be reached. The court also directed that the current seasonal closure for those routes remain in effect until the court order is issued.

    March 14, 2012: The Forest Service submitted the proposed order.

    April 23, 2012: The Eldorado National Forest issued an interim forest order keeping the 42 routes closed to motorized vehicle access until a final court order was issued later. The court’s interim decision prohibited wheeled motor vehicle access to a total 135 miles of routes. The rest of the 1800 mile system is still open to wheeled motor vehicle travel.

    April and May, 2012: Initial public notification and on-the-ground signing was completed. Public education is ongoing.

    July 31, 2012: In settling a lawsuit filed in 2009 regarding the Eldorado National Forest’s Travel Management decision, Judge Karlton issued his final order on July 31, 2012. In May 2011, Judge Karlton had upheld the majority of the Forest’s 2008 Travel Management decision, although the Court did find that the Forest had erred in designating 42 roads or trails crossing meadows. This final Order identifies the remedies and corrective actions that the Forest Service is directed to follow:

    The final court order prohibits or limits travel through meadows until a new environmental decision on these specific routes is made allowing public wheeled motorized travel.
    The final court order changes the route closures from closing the entire route to just those portions of the routes that intersect with the meadows. See Table B in the final court order.
    The final court order narrowly defines what is being reviewed in the supplemental environmental analysis. These areas are being analyzed for the effect of the routes on the hydrological function of the meadow. Does this route hinder the movement of water in the meadow? Habitat, species effect, etc. is not part of the order.
    The Forest Service will revise its Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to incorporate these changes. (Completed.)
    Until the MVUM is finalized and available for public distribution an interim Forest Order will be issued. (Completed.)
    All other portions of the 2008 Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management Decision remain in effect. The Travel Management decision:
    Allows highway legal and non-highway legal motor vehicle use by the public on 1,002 miles of ML-2 native surfaced roads (this total includes the addition of 17 miles of unauthorized roads to the NFTS).
    Allows motorcycle, ATV, and high clearance vehicle use on 210 miles of trails
    (this total includes the addition of 6 miles of unauthorized trails to the NFTS).
    In addition, there are 635 miles of surfaced roads suitable for passenger cars that are not a part of this decision.
    August 13, 2012: The interim Forest Order and revised maps are in place.

    September 21, 2012: The revised Motor Vehicle Use Map is available.

    October 9, 2012: Proposed Action Released.

    October 22, 2012: Open House - Alpine County - Turtlerock Community Center, Markleeville, CA

    October 24, 2012: Open House - El Dorado County - Placerville, CA

    October 28, 2012: Open House - Amador County - Jackson, CA

    November 7, 2012: End of this phase's comment period.

    February 19, 2013: Draft SEIS released

    February 26, 2014: Open House - El Dorado County - Placerville, CA

    March 5, 2013: Open House - Alpine County - Turtlerock Community Center, Markleeville, CA

    March 6, 2013: Open House - Amador County - Jackson, CA

    Additional Information
    Initial Judge's Court Order
    Questions and Answers: Court Order
    Final Judge's Court Order

    Alerts & Warnings

    Dirt Road Seasonal Closure in Effect Nov. 29
    Mormon Emigrant Trail Closed By Snow
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    The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs Perspective



    The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs Perspective:

    " “We hope the Eldorado is finally moving toward defensible authorization of historical access on these treasured high elevation trails,” said Don Amador, BlueRibbon Coalition Western Representative. Pro-recreation intervenors including the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, California Enduro Riders Association, American Motorcyclist Association District 36, and BlueRibbon Coalition have participated in all aspects of the planning process and earlier litigation starting back in 2002. "





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    :hmmm:

    Pro Access to Public Lands El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini at the Board of Supervisors Meeting June 17th 2013



    Sir for putting your ass on the line with an election year just around the corner, and where your mouth has taken it, I have had the opportunity to speak with the good Sheriff at several of the El Dorado County Trail Advisory Committee Meeting. This is just one of the dozen or so of California Counties that I support for their Pro Access, Pro Motorized stance for future generations.........


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