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Pike & San Isabel National Forests Motorized Travel Management (MVUM) Analysis #48214

Commenting on This Project

Effective Engagement: Making Your Voice Count

Engaging the public is a critical element of NEPA and the Forest Service’s travel management process. Understanding how people feel about land use, resources, values, and a proposed undertaking is accomplished in the NEPA process through providing comments. Making your voice heard is most easily accomplished by providing a federal agency with substantive comments that are clear, concise and specific, rather than vague statements of opinion. What follows is a summary of best practices for submitting substantive comments on a proposed action—in this case, considering what routes on the PSI should be open to motorized vehicle traffic

Best Practices for Substantive Comments

Get involved early and throughout the process so the agency will incorporate your concerns into the final decision

  • State your case—explain who you are, what your relationship is to the undertaking or proposed action, and how it might affect your use of federal lands or resources
  • Start on a good note by identifying the positive elements of the proposed action
  • Clearly identify problems with the proposed action and offer potential solutions
  • Identify the beneficial components in each alternative, particularly those that are common to, or should be common to, all alternatives
  • Suggest reasonable alternatives that have yet to be identified or elements that could incorporated into existing alternatives
  • Support your arguments with verifiable information or data from reputable sources
  • If available, provide the latest scientific research relevant to the undertaking
  • Identify gaps in the proposed analyses, methodology, or assumptions put forward in the NEPA documents
  • Link your specific comments to maps or other location information that explains where and how you use the relevant routes or land under consideration

 

General USFS Comment Information

Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration. Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter standing for administrative review.

The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Comments, or in some cases other expressions of interest, along with respondent’s contact information, submitted during the comment period may be necessary to establish a respondent’s eligibility to participate in an administrative review for this proposed action. Interested members of the public should review the proposal’s information to determine the applicable administrative review process and the eligibility requirements for that process. The date of the legal notice of opportunity to comment on this proposed action is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. For proposals to be documented with an Environmental Assessment, the legal notice announcing the comment period appears in the Newspaper of Record . For Draft Environmental Impact Statements, the Notice of Availability announcing the comment period appears in the Federal Register.

Submitting Comments

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

John Dow
Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands All Units
2840 Kachina Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008
jrdow@fs.fed.us