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Blackwater Landscape Analysis #53403

Commenting on This Project

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.

This comment period is the next step in the Blackwater Watershed planning process.  This step will be the identification of projects that should be implemented in the watershed to improve environmental conditions or provide better opportunities for enjoyment of the area.  These projects would must involve National Forest System land.  To aid in the development of these projects, the Forest Service is providing two ways for us to discuss ideas.

The first of these will be a series of project development sessions in October and November as listed in the following table.  These sessions will not have set a format or formal presentations.  Interested parties may drop by the session as convenient and share thoughts related to projects in the watershed.  Each session will have an announced theme, but that theme is only to help members of the public which sessions they would like to attend.  Also, attending a session with a particular theme will improve the chances that there may be others present with an interest in the same resource, which should allow for more discussion.  However, if you can only attend one session the format will allow sharing of all your thoughts even if they are not related to the announced theme.

Dates, themes, and times of project development sessions for the Blackwater watershed

Date

Theme

Time

October 23, 2018

Improve water quality through stream restoration and stream crossing improvement

2:30pm to 6:00pm

October 30, 2018

Improve public access, dispersed recreation, and trail development

2:30pm to 6:00pm

November 6, 2018

Create a diversity of habitats using silvicultural systems

2:30pm to 6:00pm

November 13, 2018

Improvement of recreation opportunities

2:30pm to 6:00pm

There will be multiple ways to for you participate in these sessions.  They include physical attendance at the session, interaction via Facebook Live, and calling in to a conference line set aside for the sessions.  Details for participation are as follows:

Physical attendance

All sessions will be held at the Cumberland District Office located at 2375 KY Highway 801 South, Morehead, KY 40351

The directions to the district office are:

FROM LEXINGTON

Take I-64 East to Exit 133 onto KY-801. At the top of the exit ramp turn South (right turn).  Proceed to the 4-way stop at the intersection with US60.  Proceed straight through the intersection (stay on Highway 801).  The office is located two miles further south and the parking lot is on the right side of the road.  Look for the large sign identifying the Cumberland District Office just prior to the entrance to the parking lot.

FROM MOREHEAD

Take US60 to Farmers (junction with KY-801). Turn left (south) on to KY801.  The office is located two miles further south and the parking lot is on the right side of the road.  Look for the large sign identifying the Cumberland District Office just prior to the entrance to the parking lot.

FROM ASHLAND

Take I-64 West to Exit 133 onto KY-801. At the top of the exit ramp turn South (right turn).  Proceed to the 4-way stop at the intersection with US60.  Proceed straight through the intersection (stay on Highway 801).  The office is located two miles further south and the parking lot is on the right side of the road.  Look for the large sign identifying the Cumberland District Office just prior to the entrance to the parking lot.

Facebook Live

All sessions will be broadcast on Facebook Live from the Daniel Boone Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/danielboonenf).

Conference Call

A conference call line has been set aside for these sessions.  Details follow:

Conference call number: 888-844-9904

Access code:  2536908

After calling the phone number listed follow the directions and enter the access number when prompted.

The second way to participate in the development of projects through review, comment, and development of project descriptions.  I have enclosed several documents that describe potential projects that could occur in the watershed.  There are also maps of example treatments in selected areas in the watershed.  These projects were developed from the input we received throughout our past discussions regarding time we have been discussing the needs in the watershed.  The resources that the group identified as being important are listed at the beginning of each potential project document.  I view these documents as drafts of what could be implemented in the watershed.  I would like to hear your thoughts on how well we have captured ideas in these documents and would also like to hear about ideas you may that are related or entirely different from what is presented.  You can comment or discuss these documents by mailing comments and project ideas to the office at the address listed at the top of this letter or by visiting the project webpage:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53403 Where there is a location to provide electronic comments.  Comments submitted this way will be visible for others to review and also comment on.

I look forward to seeing you and hearing the thoughts over the next several months.  As always feel free to contact Jeffrey Lewis at my office with any questions you may have related to this effort or the many ways you can interact as part of the project development sessions.

Submitting Comments

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

Jeffrey Lewis
Cumberland Ranger District
2375 Kentucky 801 S , Morehead, KY, 40351
jefflewis@fs.fed.us