Request for Comments for the Environmental Assessment on Four Sheep and Goat Grazing Allotments Ferron/Price District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest
The Ferron/Price Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest
will be preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA). Based on the
environmental analysis in the EA, the District Ranger will decide
whether to continue to authorize domestic livestock grazing on the
Clay Banks, Olsen Bench, Ridley Ridge, and Becks Ridge Sheep and Goat
These four Allotments are located about 15 miles northwest of Castle
Dale, UT. Specifically, these four allotments are situated on the
east slope of the Wasatch Plateau, extending from Skyline Ridge on the
west, Reeder Creek on the north, Seely Creek on the south and Joes
Valley to the east. The four allotments combined make up roughly
23,790 acres of National Forest System lands.
The Forest Service proposes to authorize continued grazing use
within these Allotments. Standards and guidelines from the Manti-La
Sal Land and Resource Management Plan, or Forest Plan, would be
implemented for forage utilization in both riparian and upland areas.
Changes in; season of use, livestock numbers, management practices,
and grazing systems, could be made if conditions are not meeting or
moving towards the Desired Future Conditions (DFC).
If the decision is to continue to authorize domestic livestock
grazing, new standards and guidelines identified through the analysis
would be incorporated into Allotment Management Plans for each
This scoping letter represents an early stage in the analysis
process of the forth coming Environmental Assessment. This 30-day
Notice and Comment opportunity is required at 36 CFR 215.3. The
opportunity to comment on the Proposed Action ends 30 days following
the date of publication of the Legal Notice of Proposed Action in the
Emery County Progress. After receiving your comments, we will
identify and analyze the issues raised, finalize a Proposed Action,
and if necessary, develop alternatives to the Proposed Action.
This decision will be subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service
regulations 36 CFR 215. Only those who submit timely comments during
this comment period will be accepted as potential appellants.
Comments can be either oral or written in response to this project.
Each individual or representative from each organization submitting
comments must sign the comments or otherwise verify identity in order
to attain appeal eligibility. Comments received, including names and
addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public
record for this project and will be available for public inspection.
Comments should include the information required pursuant to 36 CFR
215.6(a)(3), as published in the Federal Register on June 4. 2003.
The Responsible Official is Darren Olsen. Written comments may be
submitted to Darren Olsen - District Ranger, Ferron/Price Ranger
District, P.O. Box 310, 115 West Canyon Road, Ferron, Utah 84523;
phone: (435) 636-3586. The office business hours are 8:00 a.m. to
4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays. Oral comments
may be provided at the Ferron or Price offices during normal business
hours via telephone or in person. Electronic comments must be
submitted in MS Word (*.doc), rich text (*.rtf), or Adobe Acrobat
(*.pdf) format and may be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. or faxed to 435-384 3296.
Published in the Emery County Progress December 13, 2011.
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