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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Suiattle road EA public comment period March 18-April 20

Please note the USFS now has an EA out for proposed repairs to Suiattle River road, as requested by NCCC via legal action (that has been mischaracterized as NCCC wanting to "lock people out"). Now that the law of the land is being followed, we're happy to see fiscal responsibility and ecological benefits are a part of the mix, as seen in "Alternative C". While not perfect, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

The public will have March 18-April 20 to comment on the assessment. Email comments or mail them to Federal Highway Administration, 610 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661-3893.

See these websites for the EA, as well as other USFS news:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5358548.pdf
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5358550

Here we are, measuring some of the trees at risk if re-routes of the washed out areas are overbuilt:

Click  HERE for a photo album of our ground-truthing mission.

Click HERE to read our Fact Sheet in support of Alternative C.

There are smarter ways to reroute the road to minimize impacts on this ancient forest, mostly just by not widening the new sections of road more than necessary. The bypasses don't need to be much wider or have a larger curve radius than the original road did. We don't see building compatible bypasses as "locking everyone out."

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