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Elk Ridge Ski Area Permit Issuance #56909

Issuance of a winter resort permit for Elk Ridge Ski Area to the new owners, Elk Ridge Recreation I, LLC using the current Master Development Plan.

Heather Provencio, Forest Supervisor of the Kaibab National Forest, has prepared a Final Environmental Assessment (EA), and Draft Decision Notice (DN) with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Elk Ridge Ski Area Permit Issuance Project located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest (NF). The Kaibab NF would issue a Winter Resort Term Permit to the new owners, Elk Ridge Recreation I (ERRI), with a term of up to 40-years for the Elk Ridge Ski Area. ERRI would be issued a permit under the existing Master Development Plan. All activities would be within the constraints of the original permit, no new or additional activities would take place. Many of these actions are deemed necessary for the cleanup and maintenance of the site, and for public safety.  

The EA, FONSI, and draft DN are available on-line at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56909. These documents are also available for review at Kaibab National Forest, Forest Supervisors Office. Additional information can be obtained from Sue Farley, Environmental Coordinator for the Kaibab National Forest, at (928) 635-8331 or susan.farley@usda.gov.

The Elk Ridge Ski Area Permit Issuance Project is an activity implementing a land management plan, is not authorized under the HFRA, and is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

How to file an Objection and Timeframe

Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with §218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities.

Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Reviewing Officer Cal Joyner, Regional Forester, 333 Broadway Blvd. SE. Albuquerque, NM 87102, FAX: (505) 842-3110, objections-southwestern-regional-office@usda.gov. Electronically filed objections may be submitted by email in word (.doc), portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), and hypertext markup language (.html).

Objections must be submitted within 45 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Arizona Daily Sun. The publication date 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. The regulations prohibit extending the time to file an objection. 

At a minimum, an objection must include the following (36 CFR 218.8(d)):

  1. The objector’s name and address, with a telephone number, if available;
  2. A signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for email may be filed with the objection);
  3. When multiple names are listed on an objection, identification of the lead objector (verification of the identity of the lead objector shall be provided upon request);
  4. The name of the proposed project, the name and title of the Responsible Official, and the name(s) of the National Forest(s) and/or Ranger District(s) on which the proposed project will be implemented;
  5. A description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project if applicable, how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider; and
  6. A statement that demonstrates connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection.

Incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in §218.8(b). It is the objector’s responsibility to ensure timely filing of a written objection with the reviewing officer pursuant to §218.9. All objections are available for public inspection during and after the objection process.

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