OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT USDA FOREST SERVICE SUMTER
OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT USDA Forest Service Sumter National Forest Andrew Pickens Ranger District Oconee County, South Carolina Chattooga River Boating Access Environmental Assessment The Nantahala, Chattooga River and the Andrew Pickens Ranger Districts have completed the Chattooga River Boating Access Environmental Assessment (EA). The U.S. Forest Service proposes to establish boater access sites at Green Creek confluence (put-in only); Norton Mill Creek confluence; Bullpen Bridge; Burrells Ford Bridge; and Lick Log Creek (take-out only). The access sites could also be used by other recreation users. The EA is available at the following website location: http://go.usa.gov/v3R9. The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. How to Comment and Timeframe The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the The Seneca Journal. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments 218.2 regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection 218.24(b)(6). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. Although separate decisions will be issued by each District Ranger, written comments must be submitted to Chattooga Planning Team, 4931 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc, .docx) to comments-southern-francismarion-sumter@fs.fed.us. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request 218.24(b)(8). Please state "Chattooga River Boating Access" in the subject line when providing electronic comments, or on the envelope when replying by mail. Additional information regarding this project or activity can be obtained from: Jim Knibbs, 803-561-4078.