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March 3, 1999

Dear Interested Citizen:

The Forest Service and BLM have completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) which studied the effects of postponing the implementation schedule for 32 of the FY 1999 Component 2 Survey and Manage and Protection Buffer species for a period of one year.  The Regional Foresters in Region 5 (California) and in Region 6 (Oregon and Washington) and BLM State Directors who administer the public lands within California, Oregon and Washington have decided to adopt the action proposed in the EA (Alternative 2).   Surveys for these 32 species are considered to be infeasible at this time and the survey schedule will be changed from FY 1999 to FY 2000.  Surveys for the remaining Component 2 species will be unaffected and will continue in FY 1999.  As required mitigation, surveys will begin during the year if technical feasibility problems can be solved for any of the 32 species.

This action will be implemented by the Forest Service as an amendment to Land and Resource Management Plans (16 U.S.C. 1604(f)(4)), which affect the National Forests within the area covered by the Northwest Forest Plan.  The BLM will implement this action as a refinement of previously approved decisions for Resource Management Plans, based on a minor change in data (43 CFR 1610.5-4) affecting BLM administrative units within the area covered by the Northwest Forest Plan.

Public notice of this change was published on March 3, 1999, in The Sacramento Bee, The Oregonian, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspapers.  This publication initiates the 45-day Forest Service appeal filing period, pursuant to 36 CFR 217.7(b)(2).  BLM Plan-Maintenance Documentation is not subject to administrative review.

If you would like more information or copies of the Finding of No Significant Impact, the Forest Service Decision Notice, the BLM Plan Maintenance Documentation, and/or the summary of public comments and Agency responses, please contact Cynthia Henchell at (503) 808-2490.  These documents are also available for viewing or downloading from the internet: http://www.or.blm.gov/nwfp.htm.

Thank you for your interest in our planning efforts.

Sincerely,

 

GREGORY L. COX
Project Leader (FS)
WILLIAM TORGERSEN
Project Leader (BLM)

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