BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: IDAHO - Boise & Payette National Forests to Host Open House on Roads of Concern

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    Date: 02/08/2011
    BLUERIBBON COALITION LANDUSE UPDATE!
    IDAHO - Boise & Payette National Forests to Host Open House on Roads of Concern
    Dear BRC Alert Subscriber,
    National Forests across Idaho are reviewing small sections of Forest roads that may require additional safety measures, particularly where mixed use vehicle travel occurs on identified high risk roads.
    The Payette and Boise National Forests are seeking public comment on the process and its preliminary identification of the roads in need of review. The review was prompted by changes to Idaho State law. The Boise and Payette National Forests invite the public to an Open House on February 15, 2011, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to learn more about the issue and discuss their concerns with forest service representatives from both forests. The meeting will take place at the Payette National Forest Supervisor's headquarters on 800 W. Lakeside Avenue, McCall, ID, 83638.
    Both Forests, along with all National Forests in Idaho, are accepting comments until February 22, 2011, on the identified "Roads of Concern" during a preliminary analysis. Maps displaying these routes are on the Payette and Boise National Forest websites for downloading and viewing. Websites for the two forests are: www.fs.usda.gov/payette & www.fs.usda.gov/boise.
    IMPORTANT NOTE
    BRC members may be wondering what kind of comments to make during this process. We thought we would post a letter that was forwarded to us from Sandra Mitchell from the Idaho Recreation Council (IRC). The letter was written regarding "roads of concern" on the Boise National Forest by Jeff Nofsinger. Jeff's letter is an excellent example of the kind of input that is useful for this effort. We've put the letter here for your review.
    Comments will be accepted from now until February 22, 2011. Comments can be emailed to each National Forest through its website or the United States Postal Service. (See Forest websites below)
    Mail comments to:
    Jake Strohmeyer, Staff Officer
    Payette National Forest Headquarters
    800 W. Lakeside Ave
    McCall, ID 83638
    Letters may also be hand delivered between 8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays. Our fax number is 208-634-0744. Please address your faxes to Mr. Strohmeyer. Mr. Strohmeyer's phone number is 634-0703.
    For additional information contact either Will Perry at 634-0767 or Jeff Alexander at 373-4141.
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Thanks in advance for your effort.

    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext 107
    Boise National Forest website here
    Comments can be emailed to: comments-intermtn-boise@fs.fed.us
    Please include "Roads of Concern" in the subject line.
    Payette National Forest website here
    Comments can be emailed to comments-intermtn-payette@fs.fed.us
    Please include "Roads of Concern" in the subject line.



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