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To all whom care Here is the most current info I have on the possible rd 150 closure. The rough draft is being written up at this time. It is supposed to be out in late Feb or early March. That draft will be availabe to the public at that time. In the back of that draft there will be a page with a comment section and a self addressed envelope to send it in. Some people will get them in the mail, if you do not you can pick them up at the USFS office in your area. I guess you can pick a couple extras up for others also. When I find out more I will post it. Mike
Road 150 update The projected date of the off road use plan to be out for public comment is Feb 27th. From what I have found out is that road 150 is proposed to say open in all the drafts, but 1E spur road is proposed to be closed in all but proposal C, that is the one with the big off road use section. Nothing is set in stone so when the draft comes out please comment to keep the 150 1E open. If that closed is could add about 1 mile to the hike. 150 is looking like it will stay a seasonal closure. I will keep you informed as I get more info.
Hello everyone...just a quick reminder that climbers will be affected by changes made by this travel plan. Access to some of the crags around the area will require a longer walk once roads are closed. We should go to these meetings and voice our concerns. Contact Mike Cronin for specifics on how the plan will affect us.
Forest Service to Release Draft Motorized Travel Plans
Custer, SD – Forest Service officials will hold public meetings in March to familiarize the public with new draft plans for motorized travel management on the Black Hills National Forest.
The meetings are scheduled for two hours each, 6-8pm, March 9, 10, 11 & 12.
Meeting attendees will hear a presentation and join Forest Service personnel who will help people to get to know the documents. Detailed maps illustrate five alternative approaches to motorized travel in the Forest. The public will be able to participate in a question and answer period, officials said.
Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien said the alternatives reflect hundreds of public comments gathered at Forest Service meetings and meetings hosted by the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board, a citizen advisory board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to advise the Forest Service on Forest management.
The Forest Service has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement with five alternative approaches for motorized travel management in the Black Hills National Forest for further review and further comment, Bobzien said.
“We will have public comments on the alternatives presented in the Draft EIS to further refine alternatives in the Final EIS,” he said.
The public will have 45 days during the official comment period to comment on the proposals, beginning March 20 and ending on May 4. Officials said people should comment during the formal comment period because of legal requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act process.
“People will have an opportunity to listen, look, and ask questions, and then to tell us what they think,” said Frank Carroll, forest planner. Carroll said the formal public meetings will be followed by individual ranger district meetings that will be announced later in March.
Bobzien said he intends to make a final decision and select an alternative in late 2009. The Forest Service will publish a Motor Vehicle Use Map implementing the decision in 2010.
Schedule: Monday, March 9: 6pm – 8pm Sundance, WY Crook County Courthouse Tuesday, March 10: 6pm-8pm - Spearfish, SD Holiday Inn Express Wednesday, March 11: 6pm-8pm - Rapid City, SD Ramkota Hotel Thursday, March 12: 6pm-8pm - Custer, SD Crazy Horse Memorial
For more information call travel planner Tom Willems or Forest Planner Frank Carroll at 605-673-9200 or visit the Black Hills National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills
Frank Carroll Planning & Public Affairs Staff Black Hills National Forest 1019 N. 5th Street Custer, SD 57701 (605) 673-9216 Work (605) 673-5958 Home (605) 673-1504 Cell Fcarroll@fs.fed.us Fcarrolls1@msn.com
RE: Proposed closure of Forest Service Road 150/1E near Rapid City, SD.
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is a request for support in regards to the USFS Travel Management Plan (TMP) for the Black Hills National Forest. The TMP proposes that Forest Service Road 150/1E be closed. Road 150/1E is the only public access to Victoria Canyon (VC). Victoria Canyon is approximately 1 mile from Rapid City and holds 40+ sport climbing routes on steep limestone. The climbers of the Black Hills are asking you to submit comments in support of leaving Forest Service Road 150/1E open to vehicle access. Without more public support, this very unique rock climbing area will be lost due to lack of public access.
The following are some of the reasons we believe Forest Service Road 150/1E needs to remain open to public access:
1. Victoria Canyon has been used since the middle 1980’s for roped rock climbing and bouldering. 2. Due to the location of Victoria Canyon, it will be land locked if 150/1E is closed. The access from the Dark Canyon side of Victoria Canyon is all private and 150/1E is the only other access by motorized travel. Due to the Victoria Lake Road Closure that was established in the past years, all other roads that could access Victoria Canyon are already closed. 3. All types of recreation that take place in Victoria Canyon (hiking, climbing, bouldering, kayaking) are low impact and non-motorized. 4. Victoria Canyon is one of the closest rock climbing areas to Rapid City. Falling Rock climbing area takes a lot of impact due to its close location to Rapid City. Keeping road 150/1E open will help disperse recreational impact on one area.
Below are instructions on how to comment, what to include, and where to send your comments. If you have prior experience with this type of issue please feel free to add anything that you think might help this cause. The climbers of the Black Hills want to thank you for taking the time to help keep access to Victoria Canyon open to the public. Thank you!
How to comment on the Travel Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) What you should know about making a comment… • For your comments to receive the consideration they deserve, we must receive them by May 4, 2009. • Your comment should include: o Name, address, telephone number and organization (if applicable) o Title of the document you are commenting on o Specific facts and supporting reasons for the responsible official to consider • Comments that are concise and specific are less likely to be misunderstood and are of greater value when being considered. Recommendations about specific roads, trails, or issues and the rationale are most useful. • Form letters and petitions are acceptable, but be aware that the Forest Service will evaluate the content of individual comments rather than the quantity of comments received supporting a particular view. • Comments, names and addresses received on this proposal will be part of the public record and may be included in the final EIS and available to anyone who requests to see them. We look forward to your comments… Comments can be delivered in many ways, but they must be in writing (paper or electronic) and must be received by May 4, 2009.
Send Comments to: BHNF Travel Mgmt Plan DEIS P.O. Box 162909 Sacramento, CA 95816-2909 E-mail to: BHNFcomments@fscomments.org Fax to: 916-456-6724
Road 150/1E update I went to the NFS open house on Sat morning and met with the rangers about the road closure. Once I mentioned the road I was concerned about they new what I was talking about due to the letters that they have been getting. They seemed to be very receptive to our cause. What this showed was keep the letters coming. Mike