NOTICE OF DRAFT DECISION AND OPPORTUNITY

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NOTICE OF DRAFT DECISION AND OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT USDA Forest Service Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snohomish County, Washington USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Project The Darrington Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring project. The project is now subject to a 45-day objection period prior to final decision. The District has prepared a draft Decision Notice-Finding of No Significant Impact (DN-FONSI) for review. It describes the selected alternative, and provides rationale for it. Both documents are available on the project website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46957. Project implementation would issue a 30-year special use permit to USGS-Cascade Volcanoe Observatory (CVO) to install and maintain four new seismic and GPS monitoring stations around Glacier Peak, and add equipment to an existing seismic station. All five site are located within the Glacier Peak Wilderness and will require the use of mechanized transportation (sling loads) and motorized equipment (battery powered hand-tools). The Responsible Official for this project is the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Supervisor. The project website is the primary source of information about the project. The project is now subject to pre- decisional administrative review (objection process) pursuant to the regulations at 36 CFR 218 subpart B. Objections will be accepted for 45 days following publication of this legal notice. This publication date is the exclusive means for calculating the objection period. Those wishing to object should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. It is the responsibility of persons providing objections to submit them by the close of the objection period. Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific and timely written comments regarding the proposed project during a designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5. Incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided for in 36 CFR 218.8(b). Minimum requirements of an objection are described at 36 CFR 218.8(d). An objection must include: the objectors name and address with a telephone number, if available; a signature or other verification of authorship; the name of the proposed project, the name and title of the responsible official, and the name of the national forest or ranger district on which the proposed project will be implemented; a description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project; if applicable, how the objector believes the environmental analysis or draft decision specifically violates law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies that would resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider; and a statement that demonstrates the connection between prior specific written comments on the particular proposed project or activity and the content of the objection, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the designated opportunities for comment. Objections should be submitted to Objection Reviewing Officer, Region 6 Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, or by fax to: Regional Forester, Attn: 1570 Appeals and Objections at 503-808-2339. At this time, the building is closed, therefore, those who wish to send an objection via hardcopy mail or fax must contact Debbie Anderson at (503)808-2286 or debbie.anderson2@usda.gov to ensure their objection is received. Also, due to the building closure, those submitting hand-delivered objections must contact Debbie Anderson in advance, to make an appointment. Electronic submissions are preferred and may be submitted by completing the form available online at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=46957. The objection filing form can also be accessed by clicking on the “Comment/Object on Project” link on the right sidebar of the project website. Please provide the project name in the subject line: USGS Glacier Peak Seismic Monitoring Project. Objections filed by mail must be postmarked no later than the last day of the 45-day period. For further information, contact Todd Griffin, ID Team Leader, todd.griffin@usda.gov. Published: January 14, 2022. EDH946766
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