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    Opportunity to Comment Tamarack Backcountry Skiing Proposal 30-day Comment Period under 36 CFR 215 The Forest Service, Boise National Forest, Cascade
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 7, 2005
      Opportunity to Comment
      Tamarack Backcountry Skiing Proposal
      30-day Comment Period under 36 CFR 215

      The Forest Service, Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger
      District, is preparing an Environmental Assessment for the
      Tamarack Backcountry Skiing Proposal, located roughly 10 miles
      northwest of Cascade, Idaho on lands administered by the Boise
      National Forest directly to the north and south of state land
      currently leased by Tamarack Resort. Under the Proposed Action,
      Tamarack Resort would be granted a five-year special use permit
      to operate a guided backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snow
      -shoeing program on an estimated 5,054 acres of National Forest
      System lands. All proposed activities would occur on lands
      administered by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National
      Forest.

      The proposed operation would use the Summit Express chairlift on
      state leased land to provide access to Tamarack Summit. From
      Tamarack Summit guests would be loaded into snow cats to travel
      north or south to one of four designated areas where ski guides
      would lead groups of up to 12 persons on daily trips. An
      estimated 9.9 miles of snow cat route would be developed to
      facilitate transporting guests. All developed snow cat routes
      would be identified with snow stakes to define the routes and
      protect the safety of snow cat drivers, snowmobile riders, and
      Tamarack Resort guests.

      Cutting of limbs and trees less than 5.0 inches in diameter at
      4.5 feet above ground level would occur to facilitate skiing in
      those ski corridors outside of the Poison Creek IRA that lead to
      the #436 road. In addition, Tamarack Resort would be granted
      permission to use active avalanche control within the project
      area, including the use of explosives, during periods of
      avalanche danger.

      Prior to issuance of the requested special use permit, Tamarack
      Resort would provide the Forest Service a copy of the final
      Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Tamarack Resort and the
      Idaho State Snowmobile Association addressing the following key
      elements: 1) The MOU would conclude in an agreement between
      Tamarack Resort and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association
      identifying separate use areas within the project area for
      snowmobiles and skiers; 2) Tamarack Resort, in collaboration with
      the U.S. Forest Service, State of Idaho, and Valley County
      Grooming Committee, would develop a new snowmobile route near
      Gibson Creek (#422K road) extending from West Mountain Road
      (#422) to the main ridgeline of West Mountain; 3) Tamarack Resort
      would provide the Forest Service a copy of the permit from the
      State of Idaho authorizing use of the #422K road system near
      Gibson Creek as part of the new snowmobile route for the duration
      of the requested five-year special use permit; 4) Tamarack Resort
      would provide the Forest Service a copy of the written agreement
      wherein Valley County Grooming Committee agrees to groom the
      newly established snowmobile route beginning in the winter of
      2005-2006 and continuing for the duration of the requested five
      -year special use permit; 5) The Forest Service would prohibit
      snowmobile use on the #436 road and within the entire 5,054 acre
      area covered under the special use permit with an area closure
      beginning in the winter of 2005-2006 and continuing through the
      duration of the requested five-year special use permit, and; 6)
      Tamarack Resort would post signs around the perimeter of the
      5,054 acre area covered with the special use permit identifying
      areas of separated use.

      This Proposed Action would have no effect on the current
      recreational uses or patterns of such uses in the snow-free
      season, nor would it limit or restrict non-motorized public use
      or access on National Forest System lands during the winter
      months.

      The proposed action description, alternative strategies being
      considered, and the preliminary analysis of those actions is
      contained in the Preliminary Analysis of the Proposed Action and
      Alternative Strategies which is available upon request at the
      Cascade Ranger District Office. Additional information regarding
      this action can be obtained from the Cascade Ranger District,
      ATTN: Keith Dimmett, P.O. Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611; or by
      calling (208) 382-7400.

      Comments are being solicited at this time for a 30-day period
      pursuant to 36 CFR 215. The purpose of this comment period is to
      provide an opportunity for the public to provide early and
      meaningful participation on a proposed action prior to a decision
      being made by the Responsible Official.

      Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments
      concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days
      following the publication of this notice in The Long Valley
      Advocate. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the
      exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this
      analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or
      timeframe information provided by any other source. The
      regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

      Written comments must be submitted to: Carol McCoy Brown,
      District Ranger, Cascade Ranger District, P.O. Box 696, Cascade,
      ID 83611; or facsimiles sent to (208) 382-7480. The office
      business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are:
      8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

      Oral comments must be provided at the Cascade Ranger District
      office during normal business hours via telephone [(208) 382
      -7400] or in person, or at an official agency function (i.e.
      public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments.

      Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an
      email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and
      Word (.doc) to comments-intermtn-boise-cascade@....
      Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification
      of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as
      verification on electronic comments. Electronic comments should
      be submitted to the address provided above, not to individuals.

      It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit
      them by the close of the comment period. Those who provide
      substantive comments during this comment period are eligible to
      appeal the decision under the regulations. Individuals and
      organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must provide the
      following information:

      1. Name and Address;
      2. Title of the proposed action;
      3. Specific substantive comments (36 CFR 215.2) on the proposed
      action, along with supporting reasons that the Responsible
      Official should consider in reaching a decision;
      4. Signature or other verification of identity upon request;
      identification of the individual or organization who authored the
      comment(s) is necessary for appeal eligibility;
      5. For multiple names or multiple organizations, a signature must
      be provided for the individual authorized to represent each
      organization, or for each individual that wishes to have appeal
      eligibility, and;
      6. Individual members of organizations must submit their own
      substantive comments to meet the requirements of appeal
      eligibility as an individual, comments received on behalf of an
      organization are considered as those of the organization only.

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity
      provider and employer.



      Published in The Adams County Record October 6, 2005
    • Bum
      Im still in Iraq and won t be home till after the year, probably in January. So Im not able to be of any use in local matters...but thanks for keeping me
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 7, 2005
        Im still in Iraq and won't be home till after the year, probably in January. So Im not able to be of any use in local matters...but thanks for keeping me posted on home news.

        grfranklin53 <grfranklin53@...> wrote:
        Opportunity to Comment
        Tamarack Backcountry Skiing Proposal
        30-day Comment Period under 36 CFR 215

        The  Forest  Service,  Boise  National  Forest,  Cascade   Ranger
        District,  is  preparing  an  Environmental  Assessment  for  the
        Tamarack Backcountry  Skiing Proposal,  located roughly  10 miles
        northwest of Cascade,  Idaho on lands  administered by the  Boise
        National Forest  directly to  the north  and south  of state land
        currently leased by Tamarack  Resort. Under the Proposed  Action,
        Tamarack Resort would be  granted a five-year special  use permit
        to operate  a guided  backcountry skiing,  snowboarding, and snow
        -shoeing program on an  estimated 5,054 acres of  National Forest
        System  lands.  All  proposed  activities  would  occur  on lands
        administered by the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National
        Forest.

        The proposed operation would use the Summit Express chairlift  on
        state  leased land  to provide  access to  Tamarack Summit.  From
        Tamarack Summit guests would be  loaded into snow cats to  travel
        north or south to one  of four designated areas where  ski guides
        would  lead  groups  of  up to  12  persons  on  daily trips.  An
        estimated  9.9 miles  of snow  cat route  would be  developed to
        facilitate  transporting guests.  All developed  snow cat  routes
        would be  identified with  snow stakes  to define  the routes and
        protect the safety  of snow cat  drivers, snowmobile riders,  and
        Tamarack Resort guests.

        Cutting of limbs  and trees less  than 5.0 inches  in diameter at
        4.5 feet above ground level  would occur to facilitate skiing  in
        those ski corridors outside of the Poison Creek IRA that lead  to
        the  #436 road.  In addition,  Tamarack Resort  would be  granted
        permission to  use active  avalanche control  within the  project
        area,  including  the  use  of  explosives,  during  periods   of
        avalanche danger.

        Prior to issuance of  the requested special use  permit, Tamarack
        Resort  would provide  the Forest  Service a  copy of  the final
        Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Tamarack Resort and the
        Idaho State Snowmobile  Association addressing the  following key
        elements:  1)  The MOU  would  conclude in  an  agreement between
        Tamarack  Resort  and  the  Idaho  State  Snowmobile  Association
        identifying  separate  use  areas  within  the  project  area for
        snowmobiles and skiers; 2) Tamarack Resort, in collaboration with
        the  U.S.  Forest  Service, State  of  Idaho,  and Valley  County
        Grooming Committee,  would develop  a new  snowmobile route  near
        Gibson  Creek  (#422K  road) extending  from  West  Mountain Road
        (#422) to the main ridgeline of West Mountain; 3) Tamarack Resort
        would provide the  Forest Service a  copy of the  permit from the
        State of  Idaho authorizing  use of  the #422K  road system  near
        Gibson Creek as part of the new snowmobile route for the duration
        of the requested five-year special use permit; 4) Tamarack Resort
        would provide the Forest Service a copy of the written  agreement
        wherein  Valley County  Grooming Committee  agrees to  groom the
        newly established  snowmobile route  beginning in  the winter  of
        2005-2006 and continuing for  the duration of the  requested five
        -year special use  permit; 5) The  Forest Service would  prohibit
        snowmobile use on the #436 road and within the entire 5,054  acre
        area covered under  the special use  permit with an  area closure
        beginning in the winter  of 2005-2006 and continuing  through the
        duration of the requested  five-year special use permit,  and; 6)
        Tamarack  Resort would  post signs  around the  perimeter of  the
        5,054 acre area covered  with the special use  permit identifying
        areas of separated use.

        This  Proposed  Action  would  have  no  effect  on  the  current
        recreational  uses  or patterns  of  such uses  in  the snow-free
        season, nor would it limit or restrict non-motorized  public use
        or  access  on National  Forest  System lands  during  the winter
        months.

        The  proposed  action description,  alternative  strategies being
        considered,  and the  preliminary analysis  of those  actions is
        contained in the Preliminary Analysis of the Proposed Action  and
        Alternative Strategies  which is  available upon  request at  the
        Cascade Ranger District Office. Additional information  regarding
        this action  can be  obtained from  the Cascade  Ranger District,
        ATTN:  Keith Dimmett,  P.O. Box  696, Cascade,  ID 83611;  or by
        calling (208) 382-7400.

        Comments are  being solicited  at this  time for  a 30-day period
        pursuant to 36 CFR 215. The purpose of this comment period is  to
        provide  an  opportunity  for the  public  to  provide early  and
        meaningful participation on a proposed action prior to a decision
        being made by the Responsible Official.

        Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments
        concerning  this action  will be  accepted for  30 calendar  days
        following  the  publication of  this  notice in  The  Long Valley
        Advocate. The publication date in the newspaper of record is  the
        exclusive  means  for  calculating the  comment  period  for this
        analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates  or
        timeframe  information   provided  by   any  other   source.  The
        regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

        Written  comments  must  be  submitted  to:  Carol  McCoy  Brown,
        District Ranger, Cascade Ranger District, P.O. Box 696,  Cascade,
        ID  83611;  or  facsimiles sent  to  (208)  382-7480. The  office
        business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments  are:
        8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

        Oral comments  must be  provided at  the Cascade  Ranger District
        office  during normal  business hours  via telephone  [(208) 382
        -7400] or  in person,  or at  an official  agency function  (i.e.
        public meeting) that is designed to elicit public comments.

        Electronic comments  must be  submitted in  a format  such as  an
        email message, plain  text (.txt), rich  text format (.rtf),  and
        Word    (.doc)    to   comments-intermtn-boise-cascade@....
        Comments must have an identifiable name attached or  verification
        of identity will  be required. A  scanned signature may  serve as
        verification on electronic  comments. Electronic comments  should
        be submitted to the address provided above, not to individuals.

        It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to  submit
        them  by  the close  of  the comment  period.  Those who  provide
        substantive comments during this  comment period are eligible  to
        appeal  the  decision  under  the  regulations.  Individuals  and
        organizations wishing to be  eligible to appeal must  provide the
        following information:

        1. Name and Address;
        2. Title of the proposed action;
        3. Specific substantive comments  (36 CFR 215.2) on  the proposed
        action,  along  with  supporting  reasons  that  the  Responsible
        Official should consider in reaching a decision;
        4.  Signature or  other verification  of identity  upon request;
        identification of the individual or organization who authored the
        comment(s) is necessary for appeal eligibility;
        5. For multiple names or multiple organizations, a signature must
        be  provided  for  the individual  authorized  to  represent each
        organization, or for each  individual that wishes to  have appeal
        eligibility, and;
        6.  Individual members  of organizations  must submit  their own
        substantive  comments   to  meet   the  requirements   of  appeal
        eligibility as an individual,  comments received on behalf  of an
        organization are considered as those of the organization only.

        The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity
        provider and employer.



        Published in The Adams County Record October 6, 2005





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