LEGAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION OPPORTU

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LEGAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION
OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT
USDA Forest Service
White River National Forest

Opportunity to Comment on Redstone to McClure Pass Trail Project

The White River National Forest, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, is preparing an environmental
assessment (EA) for the Redstone to McClure Pass Trail Project. The proposed project is a natural surface, nonmotorized, multi-use recreation trail from Redstone south to the summit of McClure Pass. The proposed trail would be located within the State Highway 133 right-of-way and along the route of historic Rock Creek Wagon Road and Old McClure Pass road. The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and subject to the objection process described in 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

Through the development of the EA, the WRNF will analyze the potential effects of issuing a Special Use Authorization to construct and maintain the trail on National Forest System (NFS) lands. The proposed trail would be constructed to be a soft-surface or natural surface trail, 3 to 5 feet wide depending on location. The entire proposed trail is about 7 miles in length, and the route would cross approximately 5 miles of NFS land. For the five miles on NFS land, the existing non-system social trail that follows a historic wagon road and the old McClure Pass roadbed would be reconfigured or improved to meet standards for trail sustainability and visitor use. Two new, informal parking areas would be developed to improve trail access.

Project information is available on-line
at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56913. This information is also available for review at the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District office, or can be obtained from: Shelly Grail Braudis, 620 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623, (970) 404-3155 or at
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How to Comment and Timeframe
Specific written comments on the proposed project will be accepted for 30 calendar days following publication of this notice in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, electronically, or in person (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Shelly Grail Braudis, PO Box 309, Carbondale, Colorado 81623, Fax: (970) 963-1012. Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted to
https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=56913.

Persons commenting should include: 1) name, address, telephone number, organization represented, if any; 2) title of project for which the comment is
being submitted; and 3) specific facts and supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider.

It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility to file an
objection under §218.8. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements in §218.25(a)(3). Names and contact information submitted with comments will become part of the public record and may be
released under the Freedom of Information Act.

This legal notice also serves to notify and invite
public comment on the proposal as stipulated in 36 CFR 800.3 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Published January 21, 2020, in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. 0000540538