Public Invited to Comment on Pagosa Prescribed Burning

The San Juan National Forest is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment on a proposal for prescribed burning in ponderosa pine and warm-dry mixed conifer zones covering much of the lower and middle elevations of the Pagosa District. Prescribed burning is also proposed in shrub-dominated areas.

This would continue and expand the existing prescribed burning program already occurring on the Pagosa District. All burns would be conducted when weather and fuel conditions result in low- to moderate-intensity surface fire.

Comments are currently being accepted, and will be accepted until December 18. Written comments should be submitted to: Kevin Khung, District Ranger, Pagosa Ranger District, P.O. Box 310, 180 Pagosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Comments may also be faxed to: District Ranger at 264-1538.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such
as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf ), or Word (.doc) to: comments-rocky-mountain-san-juan-pagosa@fs.fed.us. Hand-delivered comments may be submitted to the Pagosa Ranger District (address above) between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

The environmental assessment describing the proposed action, with maps and other additional information, is available online at this website.

For more information, contact Fred Ellis at 264-1541 or via email at fellis@fs.fed.us.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who com- ment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Only individuals or entities who submit timely and specific written comments during this or any other designated public comment period will be eligible to object.