The Shoshone National Forest is in the process of reviewing over 6,000 comments
received during a 60-day public comment period for the Preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Travel Management Planning Project.
This project will “designate a sustainable system of roads, trails, and areas that are open for motor vehicle use with public involvement,” according to the Shoshone National Forest. Public input began in August with a series of meetings and due to the number of participants, the comment period was extended an additional 30 days.
Forest Supervisor Lisa Timchak said, “Given the current health situation, we are happy to see the response from the public. Our interdisciplinary team is currently going through all of the comments submitted by individuals and organizations. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this in-depth process to ensure we can respond to all comments in a timely manner.”
The project interdisciplinary team is considering each comment and the issues raised in these comments. After concluding this review, the interdisciplinary team, in coordination with the Forest Supervisor, will evaluate appropriate ways to move forward with the NEPA process. The Shoshone National Forest will provide periodic updates to the public as this review continues, including opportunities for future engagement, next steps in the planning process, and related information.
Details of the Preliminary Environmental Assessment and all maps are located on the Shoshone National Forest website.