ELKO — The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge ranger districts in northeast Nevada have published the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) regarding motor vehicle use in the Combined Travel Management Project that began in January 2009.
The preferred alternative, as identified in the FEIS, would designate approximately 2,042 miles of National Forest System (NFS) roads and trails as open for motor vehicle use and allow motorized big game retrieval only for legally taken elk. This preferred alternative would accommodate the needs of the recreating public, access for mineral exploration and access for livestock management.
The FEIS is the result of several years of study by a team of resource specialists who review the project for potential on-the-ground impacts prior to implementation, and ongoing public involvement efforts by the district rangers. Input from the public, county, tribal government, and multiple organizations were considered as the districts developed the alternatives and revised the FEIS, which was published in May 2010.
Input will be taken for 45 days prior to publication of a Record of Decision, according to Gar Abbas, Jarbidge and Ruby Mountains district ranger.
The FEIS is available in several formats. A CD copy of the FEIS and maps can be requested from the Forest Service offices in Elko, Wells or Sparks. Hard copies of the FEIS are available in very limited supply and include a CD of the document and maps; hard copies also can be viewed at the Forest Service offices in Elko, Wells or Sparks; the Elko County offices; or at public libraries in Elko and Wells.
The FEIS and maps can also be downloaded at www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/projects/#mountaincity.