Thurston Hills Trail System Open House

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Albeethebiker
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Joined: 12/25/2011

Looks like mostly a progress report, but, still, another opportunity for mountain bikers to represent! Here's the email I got:

Dear Interested Party,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Upper Willamette Field Office, is currently planning and analyzing the Thurston Hills Non-Motorized Trails and Forest Management Project in an Environmental Assessment (EA) [DOI-BLM-ORWA-NO50-2017-0006-EA].  The BLM and our project partner, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, invite you to a public meeting where we will share our progress and solicit your input on our proposed actions and alternatives.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 5 p.m.  to 7 p.m. at the Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Bob Keefer Center, 250 S. 32nd Street, Springfield, OR.  The meeting will be an open house format where attendees can view project maps, ask questions of the project team, and share thoughts and ideas on design and management.  Members of the public are welcome to stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation.  

During the project scoping period in April2017, many interested citizens and organizations provided comments to the BLM.  Based on these comments, and within the framework of the governing 2016 Northwestern & Coastal Oregon Record of Decision and Resource Management Plan (ROD/RMP), the project interdisciplinary team (IDT) began identifying conditions and resources in the Willamalane Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA) and developing trail concepts, timber harvest concepts, and a range of alternatives to analyze in the EA.

Early in the process, the BLM identified challenges related to access to BLM Section 5 (T18S R1W Sec 5), located south and east of Cedar Flat Road.  Scoping comments also identified access and management challenges in this area.  In June 2017, the Upper Willamette Field Manager decided to eliminate Section 5 from the project area.  The project now includes only the western-most BLM lands in the ERMA, in T18S R2W Section 1 and T17S R1W Section 31.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  If you have questions about the project or the meeting, please contact Linda Wright, Planning & Environmental Coordinator, at (541) 683-6469 or by email at lwright@blm.gov.  

Albeethebiker

slowleego
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Joined: 12/26/2011

Let's all show up and see what BLM has to say at this point.

Cheers,

Lee

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