Comment period opens for scenic trail plan

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Posted 10/6/22

Public comment is being accepted on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail comprehensive plan and environmental analysis.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said the 30-day public comment …

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Comment period opens for scenic trail plan

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Public comment is being accepted on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail comprehensive plan and environmental analysis.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said the 30-day public comment period on the scope of the plan and environmental study started Sept. 29 and will continue through Oct. 30.

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is one of the nation’s newest national scenic trails, located in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The trail was designated by Congress as part of the National Trails System in 2009, and the route runs approximately 1,200 miles from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean.

Officials said most of the route for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is in place on existing roads or trails, and is available for public use. 

The project area includes portions of seven national forests: the Flathead, Kootenai, and Idaho Panhandle National Forests in the Forest Service’s Northern Region, and the Olympic, Colville, Okanogan-Wenatchee, and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests in the Pacific Northwest Region. 

It also includes lands managed by the National Park Service in Olympic National Park, Glacier National Park, and the North Cascades National Park Complex, as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Washington. Portions of the project area are within the Colville Reservation and Swinomish Reservation. 

The project area includes land in the following counties in Washington: Jefferson, Clallam, Island, Whatcom, Skagit, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, and Okanogan.

The scoping document can be downloaded from the Pacific Northwest Region’s project website at fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52259, or contact the project lead, Becky Blanchard, at becky.blanchard@usda.gov or 503-808-2449 to receive a copy of the scoping document via email or mail. 

The purpose of scoping is for the Forest Service to identify important issues and determine the extent of analysis necessary for an informed decision on a proposal. 

Comments may be submitted electronically through the online portal cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public/CommentInput?project=52259 by selecting the “Comment on Project” link in the “Get Connected” group at the right-hand side of the project webpage. 

Comments received after the close of the 30-day comment period will be considered but will not have standing. 

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