Hi Campers! Happy Thanksgiving and we hope this finds you well!
The Rim Fire Reforestation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now available. The DEIS describes a proposal for about 48,000 acres of treatments on National Forest System lands within the 2013 Rim Fire including: deer habitat enhancement; natural regeneration; noxious weed eradication; reforestation; and, thin existing plantations. The DEIS discloses the direct, indirect and cumulative effects that would result from the proposed action, a no action alternative and three additional action alternatives. The Responsible Official has not identified a preferred alternative at this stage.
The DEIS, maps and other information are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45612.
Also, a limited number of the printed DEIS and map packages are available by request at this office. The Forest will host an open house with Interdisciplinary Team members available at the Forest Headquarters in Sonora, California from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday December 3, 2015. The DEIS, maps and other project information will be available at that open house.
This project is subject to the comment process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B (rule). The Responsible Official is requesting specific written comments during the 45-day designated comment period beginning with publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the DEIS in the Federal Register (expected on November 27, 2015); the Forest will post the actual NOA on the project website address noted above as soon as it is available.