Deadline extended on salvage comments.
People who want to weigh in on the U.S. Forest Service's plans for the Biscuit Fire timber salvage and forest recovery will have an extra 15 days to submit their comments.
The public comment period for the Biscuit Fire Recovery Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement will end Jan. 20.
The extension strikes a balance between busy holiday schedules and the economic losses anticipated from further wood decay, said Scott Conroy, supervisor of the Siskiyou and Rogue River National Forest in Southern Oregon.
The draft document, including several options and Conroy's "preferred alternative," was released Nov. 21 for a 45-day public comment period. Environmental groups and others complained that wasn't enough time to evaluate the proposal and prepare responses.
The Biscuit Fire burned 500,000 acres in 2002.
In the last two weeks, the Forest Service and the federal Bureau of Land Management have held four public meetings on the Biscuit plan. A public hearing to take testimony will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Josephine County Fairgrounds pavilion building in Grants Pass. Each speaker will have up to three minutes.
Send written comments to Conroy, care of ACT2 Enterprise Team, P.O. Box 377, Happy Camp, CA 96039. Fax comments to (530) 493-1776, or e-mail them to r6_biscuit@fs. fed.us. The draft document is on the Internet at www. biscuitfire.com.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Dec 13, 2003|
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