Schleur Rangeland Analysis

USDA - Forest Service

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Wallowa Valley Ranger District

Wallowa County, Oregon

As the Responsible Officials, Mary DeAguero and Ken Gebhardt, Hells Canyon NRA Area Ranger and Wallowa Valley District Ranger, respectively have decided to implement Alternative 2 of the Schleur Rangeland Analysis Environmental Assessment. Scheduled for implementation in 2011, this decision allocated forage for commercial livestock grazing on the Schleur Allotment in the portions of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Wallowa Valley Ranger District. The Analysis covers 3,157 acres and includes portions of Township 1 South, Range 48 East, and Township 1 North, Range 47 East, Willamette Meridian. Copies of the Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice, or additional information can be requested from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Wallowa Valley Office, or by calling Kelly Birkmaier at 541-263-0893. These documents are also posted on the Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/w-w/projects/.

Decision Subject to Appeal

This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service regulations at 36 CFR 215. Any individual or organization who submitted comments during the comment period specified may appeal (36 CFR 215.13). Written notice of appeal must be postmarked or received by the Appeal Deciding Officer, Forest Supervisor Steven A. Ellis, ATTN: Appeals USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, Oregon, 97814 within 45 days of the date of publication of notice regarding this decision in the Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, Oregon). The appeal must state that the document is an appeal pursuant to 36 CFR 215, and at a minimum must meet the content requirements of 36 CFR 215.14, and include the name and address of the appellant, and must identify the decision by title, subject, date of decision, and name of the Responsible Official. The appeal narrative must be sufficient to identify the specific change(s) to the decision sought by the appellant or portions of the decision to which the appellant objects, and must state how the Responsible Official's decision fails to consider comment previously provided. If applicable, the appeal should state how the appellant believes this decision violates law, regulation, or policy.

Appeals (including attachments) may be filed by regular mail, fax, e-mail, hand delivery, express delivery, or messenger service. The publication date of the notice regarding this decision in the Wallowa County Cheiftain, the newspaper of record, is the sole means of calculating the appeal filing deadline, and those wishing to appeal should not rely on dates or timelines from any other source. E-mail appeals must be submitted to: appeals-pacificnorthwest-wallowa-whitman@fs.fed.us, and must be in one of the following formats: Mircosoft Word, rich text format (rtf), or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). FAX appeals must be submitted to 541-523-1315. Appeals may be hand delivered to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Supervisors Office at 1550 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, Oregon 97814 between 7:45AM and 4:30PM, Monday through Friday except legal holidays.

It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure their appeals are received in a timely manner. For electronically mailed appeals, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgement from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the appeal, it is the sender's responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means. Names and addressed of appellants will become part of the public record.

Implementation

If no appeals are filed within the 45-day time period, implementation of the decision may occur on, but not before, the 5th business day following the close of the appeal filing period. When appeals are filed, implementation may occur on, but not before the 15th business day following the date of the last appeal disposition.

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