USDA Forest Service White River Nationa

80443 | 11/09/2018 | Ad id: 8-0000333417
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USDA Forest Service White River National Forest 680 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO 80498 Date: November 9, 2018 Contact(s): Scott Fitzwilliams, Sam Massman NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT Copper Mountain Resort Snowmaking and Summer Uses Project USDA Forest Service White River National Forest Dillon Ranger District Summit County, Colorado Opportunity to Comment on Snowmaking and Summer Uses Project at Copper Mountain Resort The White River National Forest (WRNF) is preparing an environmental assessment for Copper Mountain Resort (CMR) to implement the Snowmaking and Summer Uses Project. The proposed project would take place entirely within the existing CMR Special Use Permit (SUP) area. The Forest Supervisor, Scott Fitzwilliams, will determine whether or not to approve all or part of the proposal, including: The expansion of snowmaking coverage by approximately 86 acres and accompanying stream mitigation to ensure the proposed snowmaking coverage can be implemented in accordance with required Forest Plan stream health standards; Expansion of the existing mountain biking trail network by approximately 23.6 miles; Expansion of the existing hiking trail network by approximately 13.7 miles; The addition of summer programming centered around overnight camping; and The extension of the existing "A-1" mountain access road by approximately 370 feet to provide access to the Olie Lind parcel. The proposed projects are intended to improve available recreation opportunities at CMR in several ways. The snowmaking component of the project would ensure timely opening of the resort as well as adequate snow coverage on all trails where snowmaking infrastructure is installed. The summer trails and summer programming components of the project would widen the variety of adventure-based recreation opportunities available to people of all ability levels and during all seasons of the year. There is a need to implement these projects to improve upon existing and to provide additional recreation opportunities for the public at CMR, which would ultimately ensure the availability of high quality recreation opportunities on the WRNF. An interactive story map highlighting the Proposed Action and preliminary findings is available at: https://goo.gl/c4HZqY. The formal Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) is available for review online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54909. The notice and supporting documentation is also available for review at the Dillon Ranger District Office, located at 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Sam Massman at Email Me or by phone at (970) 262-3484. How to Comment and Timeframe Specific written comments on the proposed projects will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of a legal notice in the Post Independent, on November 9, 2018. 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 (regarding Forest Service questions and concerns) must be submitted by: Mail: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor c/o Sam Massman, Project Leader Dillon Ranger District PO Box 620 Silverthorne, CO 80498 In person: Sam Massman, Project Leader 680 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO, 80498 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) Electronic: Online comment form: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=54909 Note: the name and mailing address of the person submitting electronic comments must be included. 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. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative firm from each entity submitting timely and specific comments must either sign the comment or verify identify upon request. 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. Electronic formats accepted include email, PDF, word documents, spreadsheets, most images, etc. Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent on November 9, 2018 0000333417