Deadline for Public Comment is Friday November 11, 2022
Carson City, NV- November 7, 2022 – The Carson Ranger district of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is proposing to construct
3.7 miles of new trail which will connect the James Lee County Park, and Jacks Valley School Trail Heads to the Clear Creek Trail system. In partnership with the Carson Valley Trail Association the District will use a combination of new construction and existing user created trails to create an 18-24″ wide trail. The trail will be a non-motorized National Forest System (NFS) trail open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. The user created trails along the proposed route that are not being utilized in the construction of the proposed trail will be closed by filling with brush. The proposed trail will connect into an already existing Clear Creek Trail/Jacks Valley Loop that has proven to be a very popular recreation destination for the public. The new trail route would avoid sensitive wildlife habitat and close user- created trails that may have impacted the habitat. Pending this analysis, the proposed trail would be constructed during the winter of 2023. Trail construction would be accomplished by the Forest Service in partnership with Carson Valley Trail Association (CVTA) volunteers, with oversight and support provided by Carson Ranger District recreation staff.
Section 106 under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, requires federal agencies such as the USFS to identify and consider potential effects of its actions on historic properties. This is done through a collaborative framework of seeking, discussing, and considering views of the public on how potential adverse effects on historic properties resulting from a proposed Federal action should be addressed. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be using the NEPA scoping process in lieu of public involvement requirements found in 36 CFR Part 800, the regulations implementing Section 106 of the NHPA (54 U.S.C. 306108).
Request for Comments
The proposed action is currently available for a 5-day public scoping period. While you may comment at any time, the comments will be most useful by November 8, 2022. This scoping period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this proposal an opportunity to make their concerns known prior to a decision being made by the Responsible Official. We would like to invite your comments regarding issues, opportunities, concerns, and suggestions for the proposed project. Comments are best submitted by email. You can email your comments to Christopher Eddy, project lead, at Christopher.Eddy@usda.gov. Oral comments can be provided during normal business hours via telephone to (775)431-7660. If you would like to submit your comments using another method, or in person, please contact Christopher Eddy for mailing information. You can also contact Christopher Eddy with any questions about the project.