Legal Notice of Proposed Action
Opportunity to Comment
USDA Forest Service
Manzanita Mountains Trail System Improvements
The Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest is proposing to make improvements to the Manzanita Mountains Trail System including improvement and designation of approximately 9 miles of unauthorized trails, construction of 2 miles of additional trail and improvements to an existing trailhead. The project is located approximately 5 miles south of Tijeras in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. My preliminary assessment is that this proposal falls under a Categorical Exclusion (CE) and therefore neither an Environmental Assessment nor an Environmental Impact Statement is required. I have reviewed this project and identified no extraordinary circumstances that would preclude use of the category.
The purpose of this comment period is to allow the public early and meaningful participation on a proposed action implementing the land and resource management plan prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. With this notice we are combining our scoping effort required by 36 CFR 220.4(e)(1) and the Notice and Comment requirement required by 36 CFR 215.
Copies of the proposed action, documentation of the evaluation used for the CE, and additional information about the proposed action can be obtained from the Sandia Ranger District office or at the web address (US Forest Service NEPA Projects Home
). The comment period ends 30 days following the date of publication of this legal notice in the Albuquerque Journal. This publication date is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit comments on the proposed action. Those wishing to comment on this proposal should not rely upon dates or timeframes provided by any other source.
Only those who provide comment or otherwise express interest in the proposed action during the comment period will be eligible as appellants. Interest expressed or comments provided on this project prior to or after the close of this comment period will not constitute standing for appeal purposes. To be eligible for appeal, each individual or representative from each organization submitting substantive comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. Comments must meet the requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.
Comments (written or oral) must be submitted to Kerry Wood, Trails Manager, 11776 Hwy 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, (505) 281-3304, (505) 281-1176 fax. Comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), and hypertext markup language (.html) to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Comments may also be hand delivered weekdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at the above stated address. All comments received and the names and addresses of those who Comment will be placed in the project file and become a matter of public record.
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