The Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment for the 2014 Hat Creek Fire Restoration Project to present the environmental consequences of the Proposed Action and the No Action alternatives. A comment period is being provided for this environmental assessment pursuant to 36 CFR 218.22 and is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this action an opportunity to make their concerns known prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. Those submitting timely, project-specific written comments during a public comment period are eligible to file an objection during the objection period which will be provided for this project prior to a decision (36 CFR 218.5(a).
The analysis area for the 2014 Hat Creek Fire Restoration Project is approximately 46,249 acres and incorporates the National Forest System (NFS) lands burned in the 2014 Bald and Eiler Fires. District specialists, along with our collaborative partners, evaluated the current conditions, survival data from post-fire reforestation efforts, and invasive plant occurrences in the Eiler and Bald Fire areas. Based on these conditions, Hat Creek Ranger District is proposing management activities that would achieve the reforestation objectives in the Bald and Eiler Fire Salvage and Restoration Projects and to reduce the spread of known and new invasive plant infestations. The 2014 Hat Creek Fire Restoration Project includes portions of Township (T) 33, North (N), Range (R) 3 East (E), Sections 1 and 2; R4E, Sections 16-18; T34N, R3E, Sections 10, 11, 13-15, 22-24, 26, 34-36; T34N, R4E, Sections 4, 5, 7-10, 15, 17-23, 26-28, 30-32, 35; T34N, R5E , Section 1; T34N, R6E, Sections 1-18, 20-23, and 27; T34N, R7E, Sections 5-7, and 18; T35N, R4E, Section 32; T35N, R5E, Sections 11-15, 22-26 and 35-36; T35N, R6E, Sections 7-36; T35N, R7E, Sections 18-20 and 30-31; T36N, R5E, Sections 25-27 and 33-36; and T36N, R6E, Sections 16, 19-22, and 26-35, Mount Diablo Meridian (MDM), in Shasta and Lassen Counties, California.
Copies of the draft environmental assessment are available at the Hat Creek District Office 43225 E Hwy 299, P.O. Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028 in Fall River Mills, CA, or online at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=57170. Additional Information regarding this project is available by contacting Tami Taylor by phone (530)250-5517 or by e-mail at [email protected].
How to Comment and Timeframe
Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the opportunity to comment legal notice which is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period. Commenters should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. It is the commenter’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR 218.25). Individuals or representatives of an entity submitting comments must sign the comments or verify identity upon request (218.24(b)(8)). All written comments received by the responsible official become a matter of public record (218.35(b)(2)). Comments may be submitted to Andrew Hart, Acting District Ranger, Hat Creek Ranger District, 43225 HWY 299E, P.O. Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028; (530 336 5521; (530) 336-3338 (fax). Electronic comments, in acceptable plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Word (.doc) formats, may be submitted to: [email protected] with Subject: 2014 Hat Creek Fire Restoration Project.