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80443 | 11/09/2018 | Ad id: 8-0000334650
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USDA Forest Service White River National Forest 900 Grand Avenue P.O. Box 948 Glenwood Spgs., CO 81601-3602 Date: November 9, 2018 Contact(s): Scott Fitzwilliams, Max Forgensi Opportunity to Object to the Draft Record of Decision Vail Mountain Resort Golden Peak Improvements Project USDA Forest Service White River National Forest Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District Eagle County, Colorado Opportunity to Object to the Draft Record of Decision for the Vail Mountain Resort Golden Peak Improvements Project The White River National Forest has released the Vail Mountain Resort Golden Peak Improvements Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The FEIS discusses the Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action; the process used to develop alternatives; potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the No Action Alternative (Alternative 1) and the Proposed Action Alternative (Alternative 2); as well as management requirements and project design criteria. Based on the analysis presented in the FEIS, the draft Record of Decision (ROD) identifies the Forest Supervisor's Selected Alternative as Alternative 2. The Selected Alternative includes the following elements: construction of one surface lift and approximately 42 acres of new ski trails for women's Downhill and men's Super-G courses, moguls course, and skier cross course; relevant lift operating buildings, race start buildings, equipment storage, fuel storage, and maintenance building; infrastructure to support snowmaking on new ski trails; an access road for construction of new lift and ski trails as well as staging areas and logging decks for construction materials and timber removal; and vegetation removal and surface smoothing/grading for new ski trails and drainage management. The specific elements of the Selected Alternative are described in detail in Chapter 2 of the FEIS. The FEIS and draft ROD are available for review online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47937. Additional information regarding this action can be obtained from: Max Forgensi, Mountain Sports/Special Uses Administrator, White River National Forest, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, CO 81645; (970) 827-5157; or Email Me. Filing an Objection The draft ROD for the Vail Mountain Resort Golden Peak Improvements Project FEIS is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Project-Level Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process. 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 36 CFR § 218.8. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted, timely and 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, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays) to: Objection Reviewing Officer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd. Building 17, Lakewood, CO 80401; Fax: 303-275-5134 to the attention of Objections; or Email: Email Me. Electronic objections must be submitted in a format such as an e-mail message, plain text (.txt), portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Word (.doc). Additional information on the Project-Level Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process can be found in the draft ROD and at 36 CFR 218. Timeframes Objections must be submitted within 45 calendar days following the publication of this notice in the Post Independent. 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. Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent November 9, 2018. 0000334650