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Pikes Peak Summit Complex. #47229

Commenting on This Project

Opportunity to Object the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project

The Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and Draft Decision Notice (DN) for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project. The draft decision proposes authorizing the City of Colorado Springs (Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain), U.S. Army and Colorado Springs Utilities to implement the Proposed Action to replace existing facilities with a new Summit Complex consisting of a Visitor Center, Plant and Mechanical Building, the U.S. Army’s High-Altitude Research Laboratory, and Colorado Springs Utilities Communications Facility on the summit of Pikes Peak. The proposed project area is located on the Pikes Peak Ranger District in western El Paso County, Colorado in the SE1/4SW1/4 of Section 7 and NE1/4NW1/4 of Section 18, T14S, R68W, Sixth Principal Meridian.

Administrative Review and Objection Opportunities

This decision is subject to objection pursuant to Federal regulations at 36 CFR 218, "Project Level Pre-Decisional Administrative Review Process." This project implements an existing land management plan and is not authorized by HFRA; it is subject to 36 CFR 218 subpart A. Objections, including attachments, must be in writing and filed (regular mail, fax, e-mail, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service) with the Objection Reviewing Officer within 45 days following the date of publication of a legal notice announcing the Opportunity to Object in the Pueblo Chieftain, the newspaper of record. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Those wishing to object should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments during a designated opportunity for public comment. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector, unless the issue is based on new information that arose after the opportunities to comment.

Objections must include: 1) objector’s name, address and telephone; 2) signature or other verification of authorship; 3) identify a single lead objector when applicable; 4) project name, Responsible Official name and title, and name of affected National Forest(s) and/or Ranger District(s); 5) reasons for, and suggested remedies to resolve, your objections; and, 6) description of the connection between your objections and your prior comments. Documents may be incorporated by reference only, as provided for at 36 CFR 218.8(b).

Objections shall be sent to:

USDA Forest Service, Region 2 Rocky Mountain Region Attn.: Objection Reviewing Officer, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Building 17, Lakewood, CO 80401. Objections may also be delivered in person during business hours (Mon-Fri 8:00 A.M.to 4:30 P.M., excluding holidays) or via FAX: (303) 275-5134.

Electronic objections with attachments, in common (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt) formats, may be submitted to: r02admin_review@fs.fed.us with Subject: Pikes Peak Summit Complex.

Objections, including names and addresses, will become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Implementation Date

If no objection is received, implementation of the decision may begin on, but not before, the 5th business day following the close of the objection filing period. If an objection is received, implementation may occur immediately following the close of the objection resolution period.

Submitting Comments

If you wish to submit a comment, please send it to:

Jeff Hovermale
Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 South Weber , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
jhovermale@fs.fed.us