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Avon to Gilman Transmission Line Project Public Open House POSTPONED.
NOTIFICATION OF POSTPONEMENT
PUBLIC MEETING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 12th, 2020
Avon-to-Gilman Proposed Electric Transmission Line
Due to public health considerations related to the presence of the COVID-19 coronavirus in our local community, the White River National Forest has decided to postpone the public meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 12th, 2020.
This postponement is made in the interest of public safety and is consistent with the Event and Mass Gathering Guidelines released on March 11, 2020 by Eagle County Public Health and Environment. https://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/News/Event_and_mass_gatherings_guidelines_for_COVID-19/
The White River National Forest will continue to accept public comments on this project throughout the remainder of the scoping period, which closes on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. Requests for individual telephone meetings with the White River National Forest to discuss this project are welcomed – please call the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at (970) 827-5715 to check scheduling availability.
Due to these unusual circumstances, in order to ensure that the public and all interested parties are afforded sufficient opportunity to submit comments, the White River National Forest has decided to hold a second public comment period upon the completion and public availability of the draft environmental analysis, currently anticipated in late summer 2020.
Thank you for your continuing interest in this project. Your input is an essential part of the environmental analysis process. To submit your comments, and to obtain additional information and the latest updates, please visit the project’s webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57224.
Public input will assist the White River National Forest in preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project. The EA will include an analysis of the potential effects of issuing a Special Use Authorization to construct and operate the transmission line on NFS lands.
Opportunities to Comment
Project information can be found on the WRNF website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57224
To subscribe to project updates, including receiving emails regarding upcoming opportunities to comment: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new?topic_id=NEPA_57224_S.
The Forest Service is seeking input from interested members of the public. Public comments will assist the Forest Service in determining the scope of the analysis to be conducted and the range of alternative courses of action to be considered within the EA. Public comments are a key part of the review process as required by NEPA.
Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, electronically, or in person (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Matt Klein, Realty Specialist, White River National Forest, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645; FAX (970) 827-9343. Comments may also be submitted online at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=57224.
Persons commenting should include: 1) name, address, telephone number, and the organization represented, if any; 2) title of project for which the comment is being submitted (Holy Cross Energy Avon-to-Gilman Electric Transmission Line); and 3) specific facts and supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider.