Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Ten

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Placed on 8/5/2022
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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Tenas Creek Restoration Project The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Forest), Darrington Ranger District (DRD), invites you to comment on the proposed restoration of lower Tenas Creek to improve an important chinook salmon run. Actions may include the relocation of Forest Service Road 26 (Suiattle River Road) upstream to a different crossing location; or replace the existing bridge with a larger multi-span bridge. The Darrington Ranger District is working with Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Swimonish Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Seattle City Light. The USFS jurisdiction in the planning and development of this project is expected to be limited to the nexus provided by a road easement granted to the USFS from the Washington DNR for this stretch of the road that traverses lands owned and managed by the State. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the Forest Service is seeking information on issues related to the proposed project. The location on the Suiattle River Road approximately 7.7 miles east of State Highway 530 where the road crosses Tenas Creek 2 miles north of the Boundary Bridge (FSR 25). How to comment The Forest Service is scoping for issues related to the proposed activities presented in this proposal. Your input may be used to identify significant issues for analyzing the effects of the proposed action, develop and choose alternatives, or focus the scope and extent of the analyses, so specific comments are appreciated and will be the most helpful. The project is expected to be subject to a pre-decisional administrative review process (commonly referred to as an objection process) pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. Those wishing to be eligible to object must meet the requirements of 36 CFR 218.5. Only those who submit timely, specific written comments during any designated opportunity for public comment are eligible to file an objection. Written comments are those submitted to the responsible official or designee during a designated opportunity for public participation provided for a proposed project. Specific written comments should be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the responsible official to consider. Individuals or representatives of an entity submitting comments must sign the comments or verify identity upon request. The FS will accept comments on this proposal for 30 days following publication of the Request for Scoping Comments Legal Notice in the Everett Herald, the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. It is the commenter's responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR 218.25). In an effort to reduce paper use, the Forest is emphasizing electronic documentation. The project website will be the primary avenue through which the Forest Service will provide information about the project. Scoping comments can be submitted electronically through the project website: http://fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62572. Once on the website, under "Get Connected," click on the link for "Comment/Object on Project." Electronic comments must be in one of the following formats: email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) or (docx), or Adobe (.pdf). Written comments may be mailed to: Greta Smith, District Ranger; Darrington Ranger District;1405 Emens Avenue North; Darrington, WA 98241 At this time our office is closed to the public. If you wish to submit hand-delivered comments, please call (306)436-1155 in advance to arrange an appointment. Comments received, including names of those who comment, will be part of the project record and available for public review. If you have any questions, additional information can be provided by contacting Richard Vacirca, Project Manager at FS-comments-pacificnorthwest-mtbaker-snoqualmie@usda.gov. Inquiries should be submitted with, "Tenas Creek Restoration" as the subject line. Thank you for your time and interest in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Published: August 5, 2022. EDH960271
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