Scoping begins for Powell Ranger District revisions to road, trail management; public meetings

Red Canyon Visitor Center near Panguitch, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Dixie National Forest website, St. George News

PANGUITCH — The Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest is proposing to relocate, reclassify, or decommission a number of existing roads and trails as well as construct or designate new roads and trails.  The purpose of this project is to revise the Motorized Travel Plan for the district and is limited to addressing known deficiencies in the 2009 Dixie National Forest Motorized Travel Plan.

According to the Scoping Notice issued by the district and Dixie National Forest, “the revision is to provide a road and trail system for the District, designated for motorized use that is considered safe and responsive to public needs and desires, conforms to the Forest Plan, and is environmentally sound.”

The Notice of Intent for this project was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 8.  Public meetings will be held at four locations to discuss the proposed project.  Dates and locations include:

  • Jan 28, 6 p.m. | Panguitch City Office, 25 South 200 East, Panguitch
  • Jan. 29, 6 p.m. | Piute County Courthouse, 550 North Main Street, Junction
  • Feb. 2, 6 p.m. | Heritage Center/Tropic Town Office, 20 North Main Street, Tropic
  • Feb. 4, 6 p.m. | Kane County Courthouse, 76 North Main Street, Kanab

Copies of the proposed action and project area maps can be obtained from the Powell Ranger District office or by accessing the Dixie National Forest Web page for the “Powell Travel Management Project.”  See maps relevant to the proposed action here.

Comments may be written, hand-delivered, oral, and electronically submitted until Feb. 20.  Hand-delivered comments can be submitted to the District office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.  Comments may also be submitted via email (attachments can be in .docx, .doc, .txt, .pdf, and .rtf formats only) with the subjet line as “Powell Travel Management Project”.

Questions and written comments regarding this proposal may be submitted to:

Paul Hancock, District Ranger;
Dixie National Forest;
225 East Center Street, P.O. Box 80;
Panguitch, UT 84759-0080;

Telephone: 435-676-9300.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this project proposal.  Individuals and organizations who submit timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project will be eligible to file an objection under 36 CFR 218Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents nor will the respondent be eligible to provide an objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218.

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