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Superior National Forest, 4/26/03



The Chippewa and Superior National Forests have completed two Proposed
Forest Land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans) and one Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that are now available for public
review and comment. The National Forest Management Act requires that Forest
Plans be revised every ten to 15 years and the current Forest Plans were
implemented in 1986. The Proposed Plans released this coming week propose
management direction for the next 10 to 15 years.

Available documents include an Executive Summary for the Draft EIS, a
separate Proposed Revised Plan for the Chippewa and for the Superior
National Forest, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement which discusses
the analysis for both national forests, large- scale color maps of the
alternatives, and a Reviewer's Guide. The documents are available in paper
copy and on computer CD. Paper copies of the documents will be available
May 2 at several area libraries and accessible on the internet beginning
April 28 at

The Draft EIS includes analysis of potential environmental impacts
associated with seven alternative management approaches. The focus is on
specific resource issues and alternatives identified through public
involvement earlier in the process. The Proposed Forest Plans are based on
Alternative E which is currently preferred by the Forest Service.
Alternative E would emphasize a mix of young and old forest settings,
increase the amount of uneven-aged management from what is currently used,
and emphasize a mix of developed and undeveloped recreation with motorized
and non-motorized opportunities.

The purpose of these draft documents is to provide a basis for substantive
review and comment by interested parties before a decision is made. The
Forest Service will consider all written or emailed comments but will only
be able, in the final analysis, to address meaningful comments with
specific concerns or suggestions. Substantive comments will help tailor the
final analysis leading to a revised Forest Plan, expected to be released
approximately January 2004.

The public comment period will run for three months from approximately May
9 until August 11, with public meetings scheduled for mid-June.

National forest offices in ten locations will host extended office hours
and an Open House to help distribute the draft documents and explain the
review process.

May 6, Tuesday 4pm - 7pm

Walker District Office, 201 Minnesota Ave. East, Walker MN

Superior National Forest Supervisors Office, 8901 Grand Ave Place, Duluth MN

Tofte District Office, 7355 West Highway 61, Tofte MN

May 7, Wednesday 4pm -  7pm

Chippewa National Forest Supervisors Office, 200 Ash Ave. Cass Lake, MN

Deer River District Office, 1037 Division Street, Deer River MN

Kawishiwi District Office, 118 S. 4th Ave. E., Ely, MN

Wuori Town Hall (for Cook/Aurora area), County Road 307, Virginia, MN


May 8, Thursday 4pm - 7pm
Blackduck District Office, 417 Forestry Drive, Blackduck MN

Gunflint District Office, 2020 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN

Twin Cities, North Central Research Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN

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