Temple Lake

Looking across Temple Lake with Cirque of the Towers in the Distance. Bridger Wilderness, Bridger-Teton National Forest. (Forest Service photo by Greg Bevenger)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is extending the public comment period on proposed changes to how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act.

The proposed rule was published on June 13, and the public comment period was originally set to end today, Aug. 12. With the extension, the comment period now ends on Aug. 26.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking to change the criteria for when it involves the public and alter what types of projects will demand a significant environmental review.

Specifically, the federal agency proposed a revision to its regulatory obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act, a bedrock environmental law that comes into play when significant changes to public land are planned.

For more background, see the article in this week's News&Guide article.

Comments may be submitted through www.regulations.gov by searching docket number FS-2019-0010.

Comments can also be submitted by mail to NEPA Services Group, care of Amy Barker, USDA Forest Service, 125 South State Street, Suite 1705, Salt Lake City, UT 84138; or by email at nepa-procedures-revision@fs.fed.us

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

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