Comment on North Shenandoah Mountain Project draft Environmental Assessment
Forest Service holding public meeting Aug. 22 in Bridgewater, Va.
The U.S. Forest Service has released the draft environmental assessment for the North Shenandoah Mountain Project, starting a 30-day comment period ending Sept. 14, and announced an Aug. 22 public meeting in Bridgewater, Va., to discuss the document.
Portions of the Shenandoah 500 route, one of the events in the AMA National Dual Sport Series, and the Rocky Run four-wheel-drive and ATV area, are within the project boundaries. The assessment includes the decommissioning of 100 miles to 200 miles of forest roads.
The project proposes forest restoration actions on roughly 9,400 acres of the 128,000-acre planning area on the George Washington National Forest in Rockingham County, Va., and Pendleton County, W. Va. The project goal is to create the forest landscape conditions described in the 2014 George Washington National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
A description of the transportation system on page 24 of the EA describes recommended decommissioning of between 100 miles and 200 miles of forest roads, and Appendix 3, the roads proposal, begins on page 173 of the EA.
You can view all of the documents related to the project here, or just the draft EA here. The Forest Service requests that comments be substantive and specific, providing suggested improvements to the document by section or page, with explanations. Only those submitting comments now will be eligible to file an objection to the final plan.
To submit comments, use the Forest Service website here or send them to Mary Yonce, North River District Ranger, through the U.S. mail to 401 Oakwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Comment Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 14
For more information, contact Mary Yonce at the North River Ranger District office at (540) 984-410; contact Kevin Kyle, zone silviculturist, at (540) 984-4101; or visit the project webpage here.
Meeting time: 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22
Meeting location: Bridgewater Town Hall, 201 Green St., Bridgewater, Va.
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