Draft decision reached for off-highway vehicle motor vehicle use map update

The Lassen National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Motor Vehicle Use Map Update Project Environmental Assessment began its objection period Dec. 16, 2023. The responsible official, Forest Supervisor Deb Bumpus has prepared a draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact.

The Lassen National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Motor Vehicle Use Map Update Project enhances off-highway motorized recreation opportunity by increasing the mileage of existing roads and connectivity of routes, available to off highway vehicles, while providing for public safety and protecting resources.

This project proposes to update the Lassen National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map and allow off-highway vehicles access on 147.8 additional miles of National Forest System Road.

The project is needed to create a system of existing motorized routes available to off-highway vehicles that include loops of a size to create interest in the rides, provide access to overlooks and recreational areas, and create connections to county roads already available to OHVs.

This proposed decision is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. A written objection must be submitted to the reviewing officer within forty-five calendar days following publication of the legal notice of the objection period, which was published in the Lassen County Times on Dec. 15, 2023.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact are available for review at the Lassen National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.  These documents continue to also be available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/lassen/?project=55457.

Objections can only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific, written comments regarding the project during the scoping and opportunity for comment periods in accordance with §218.5(a).

Objections can be submitted by mail, delivered in person, by fax, or submitted electronically. To submit and objection, hand deliver or mail to “Objection Reviewing Officer, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region at 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592.” Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays.

To fax an objection, fax to the “Objection Reviewing Officer” at (707) 562-9229. The fax coversheet must include a subject line with “OHV MVUM Update Project Objection” and should specify the number of pages being submitted.

Electronic objections must be submitted to the “Objection Reviewing Officer via an email to objections-pacificsouthwest-regional-office@usda.gov with “OHV MVUM Update Project Objection” in the subject line. Electronic objections must be submitted in a format that is readable with optical character recognition software (e.g., Word, PDF, Rich Text) and be searchable.

For additional information, contact Tamera Taylor, NEPA Planner, at tamera.taylor@usda.gov or by phone at (530) 336-5521.

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