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Comment period on 61 miles of trails opens for 30 days

Rob Hehlen points out some of the proposed trails during a 2015 Greater Prescott Trails Planning meeting in Prescott. Trails in the area, including Seven Mile Gulch, have been in the planning process for years. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Rob Hehlen points out some of the proposed trails during a 2015 Greater Prescott Trails Planning meeting in Prescott. Trails in the area, including Seven Mile Gulch, have been in the planning process for years. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

The Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest plans to construct, reroute or adopt 61 miles of motorized trails. The public can comment on the proposed action and the required Environmental Assessment for the next 30 days by written or electronic format.

The Greater Prescott Trails Midterm Project 2 in the greater Prescott Basin also proposes to obliterate or decommission 40 miles of system and unauthorized trails; construct 1.2 miles of new road and close one road seasonally; construct two new trailheads, decommission one trailhead; and improve two existing areas, according to a news release.

The majority of activities will take place in Area D along the Walker Road corridor and the Lynx Lake Blue Hills area. Some of the plans involve Contreras Trailhead, the closing of Seven-Mile Gulch Trailhead, and Smith Ravine Trailhead.

The Environmental Assessment studies impacts to recreation, soils, wildlife, cultural resources, hydrology, range, minerals, and invasive and sensitive plants.

Only those who submit timely and specific comments during this or any other comment period established by the Responsible Official will be eligible to object.

This project implements the Prescott Forest Plan and is not authorized under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

Comments may be submitted online by Dec. 9 at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53205 and clicking on the link “comment/object on this project” on the upper right side of the page. Electronic attachments may be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx), portable document files (.pdf), or in rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or hypertext markup language (.html).

Comments may also be mailed to Sarah Tomsky, District Ranger, Bradshaw Ranger District, 344 S. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 86303; faxed to 928-443-8008; or hand-delivered to the above address between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Please reference Greater Prescott Trails Midterm Project 2 in the subject line.

Input received in response to this solicitation, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection.

Pursuant to 7 CFR 1.27(d), any person may request the agency to withhold a submission from the public record by showing how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) permits such confidentiality. Persons requesting such confidentiality should be aware that, under the FOIA, confidentiality may be granted in only limited circumstances, such as to protect trade secrets.

The Forest Service will inform the requester of the agency’s decision regarding the request for confidentiality, and where the requester is denied; the agency will return the submission and notify the requestor that the comments may be resubmitted with or without name and address within seven days.

For information, contact Susan Johnson at 928-443-8075 or by email at sajohnson@fs.fed.us. If you have any questions concerning the objection process, contact Gabrielle Kenton at 928-443-8221 or by email at gkenton@fs.fed.us.

Information provided by Prescott National Forest.