PUBLIC NOTICE

Legal Notice of Decision
USDA Forest Service Ashley National Forest
Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District, Duchesne County, Utah
Rock Creek Fuels Reduction
On February 14, 2012, District Ranger Kristy Groves decided to approve the Rock Creek Fuels Reduction Project. This project will treat 2,559 acres of forest and 1,457 acres in tall willow and sagebrush vegetative communities to restore conditions that typically existed under a natural fire-return interval and create defensible space necessary to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters within the Rock Creek Wildland Urban Interface. The treatments will include a combination of hand thinning/mastication, slash pile building/burning and broadcast prescribed fire.
Copies of the Decision Memo or further information about this decision can be obtained from Martell Gibbons, the project leader, during normal office hours (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at the Duchesne/Roosevelt Ranger District Office located at 85 West Main, Duchesne, UT 84021 (435-781-5209) or by email at mdgibbons@fs.fed.us. Additional information about this decision can also be found on the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r4/ashley/projects.
This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service regulations at 36 CFR 215. Appeals must meet the content requirements of 36 CFR 215.14. Only individuals or organizations who submitted comments or otherwise expressed interest in the project during the comment period may appeal. Appeals must be postmarked or received by the Appeal Deciding Officer within 45 days of the publication of this notice in the Uintah Basin Standard. This date is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. Timeframe information from other sources should not be relied on. Incorporation of documents by reference is not allowed. The Appeal Deciding Officer is the Forest Supervisor of the Ashley National Forest. Appeals must be sent to: Appeal Deciding Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or by fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: appeals-intermtn-regional-office@fs.fed.us. Emailed appeals must be submitted in rich text (rtf), Word (doc) or portable document format (pdf) and must include the project name in the subject line. Appeals may also be hand delivered to the above address, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If no appeal is received, this decision may be implemented on, but not before, the fifth business day following the close of the appeal filing period. If an appeal is received, implementation may not occur for 15 business days following the date of appeal disposition.
Published in the Uintah Basin Standard February 21, 2012.


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