The Moab-Monticello Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest is proposing the La Sal Sustainability Collaboration’s Deer Springs Habitat Project. The proposed project is located on the south side of the La Sal Mountains, 2 miles northeast of the town of La Sal.

The proposed vegetation treatment project would use mechanical (bullhog) chewing and hand thinning of pinyon pine, juniper and Gambel oak to improve the quality and productivity of understory shrub and herbaceous vegetation and reduce the continuity of plant fuels over a project area of ​​3700 acres. .

To review the need for the proposal and the proposed action, please see the Notice of Proposed Action document on The Sal Sustainability Collaboration’s Deer Springs Habitat Project webpage: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61879

Individuals, organizations, federal, state, tribal, and local agencies interested in or affected by the proposed action are invited to participate in the scoping process. Comments received will be used in the analysis of environmental effects. To facilitate this process, please ensure that comments are as detailed as possible and specific to the project.

Comments are requested by April 22, 2022.

Please submit your feedback via one of the following methods:

• Preferred feedback submission platform is through our webpage. Submit electronic comments on the project web page: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61879 by selecting the “Project Comment” link in the “Login” group on the right side of the project web page. Put the name of the project in the subject line; Attachments can be in the following formats: plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc, .docx), or portable document format (.pdf).

• You may also email your comments to [email protected] with the project name in the subject line. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an electronic message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc or .docx) or portable document format (.pdf).

• Written comments should be submitted to Michael Engelhart, Moab-Monticello District Ranger, PO Box 386, Moab, UT 84532.

Comments received in response to the scope, including the names and addresses of those commenting, will be considered part of the public record and will be available for public inspection.

For more information, please contact Barb Smith, Wildlife Biologist, (435) 636-3366, or email: [email protected]

Published in The Times-Independent, Moab, Utah, April 7, 2022.

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