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Here is the media release from the USFS:

 

Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project

Notice of 30-day Comment on Environmental Assessment

BEND- The Deschutes National Forest has opened a public comment period for an analysis of developing jeep trails in the Rim Butte area of the Forest.

The 30-day public comment period on the Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project environmental assessment opened this past Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The environmental assessment analyzes the effects of creating designated routes for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) within the Rim Butte area, located east of State Highway 97 and south of Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

The environmental assessment considered two alternatives in addition to the no action alternative. One alternative includes 33 miles of looped trails. The other alternative includes 17 miles of looped trails with more difficult technical terrain. Both alternatives include toilets, staging areas and campsites. Designated routes would be located on areas of existing disturbance, such as skid trails, as much as possible. Areas of new trail would require minimal disturbance to define the trail tread. In some cases trees and shrubs may be cut. In most cases obstacles would be left to create technical difficulty.

This comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this activity an opportunity to make their concerns known. The 30 comment period began on May 28th, 2013. 

 

Those interested in commenting can find the document and directions for commenting at

http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39213 or by stopping by the Bend-Fort Rock District Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701. 

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