Public Input Solicited Regarding Forest Permits
So there’s been a bit of a change up in the permit process at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). As Leadville and Lake County have become increasingly popular places to host outdoor events, and since a lot of the area is also public lands, more than likely these planners will need to pull a permit to use and access the land.
In an effort to be more transparent, and to provide avenues to make the public aware and allow their voice to be heard, the USFS is making sure to meet all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. NEPA was signed into law on January 1, 1970. The Act establishes national environmental policy and goals for the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the environment and provides a process for implementing these goals within the federal agencies.
To that end, there are three permits coming up for renewal. They are listed below, along with deadline dates for community input.
The Leadville Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest is proposing to issue 8 year extensions to the current 2 year priority use outfitter/guide special use permits held by Water Walker Guides and Carmichael Training Systems.
In short, these operators are in “good standing” based on their performance in the first 2 years of a proposed 10 year permit. Since both permittees have performed acceptably in the first 2 years, and the permitted activities are consistent with the Forest Plan, their permits can be extended for up to 8 years .
Water Walker Guides currently provides fishing guiding services at Turquoise and Twin Lakes with 350 service days. The comment period ends May 27, 2014.
Carmichael Training Systems currently provides guided mountain biking training with 300 summer service days on the following system roads: 103, 105.A, 107, 130, 130.A, 130.B, 160, 398, and Power Line Road (see attached maps.) The comment period ends May 27, 2014.
Other US Forest Service permits up for renewal:
Turquoise Lake Half Marathon. The National Forest is proposing to renew a 5-year permit to the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. This permit would allow the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon to occur on National Forest Systems (NFS) lands the weekend after Memorial Day each spring. This event takes place on the Turquoise Lake Trail and on County Roads 9 and 4. The sections of the race affecting NFS lands are the access road to the Matchless Boat Ramp, the access road to May Queen Campground, and the Turquoise Lake Trail (see attached map.) This race has been occurring at this location since 1988. The comment period ends May 27, 2014
This opportunity to comment gives the public a chance to provide meaningful input prior to the decision on projects and activities related to implementing land and resource management plans. Please be as specific as possible in expressing your comments so they can be effectively addressed. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project, and will be available for public inspection.
Comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to: Leadville Ranger District, Attn: David Lovato, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. If you have any questions, call David Lovato 719-486-0749.