Proposed Roadless Area Comment Meetings

 June 22 and 28, 2000

Two public meetings will be conducted in Minnesota later
this month for the public to comment on the Roadless Area Conservation Rule
proposal. The first public comment meeting will be on June 22, 12:30-4:30
and 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Duluth. The second public comment
meeting will be conducted on June 28 at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids,
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

At the public comment meetings, members of the public will have the
opportunity to speak for three minutes while a court reporter records their
comments. Written comments of any length will also be accepted at the
meetings. All comments received at the meetings will be forwarded to the
national office. Written comments can also be faxed directly to:
877-703-2494 or mailed to: USDA Forest Service-CAET, Attention: Roadless
Area Proposed Rule, PO Box 221090, Salt Lake City, UT 84122. People can
also comment directly at the Roadless Web site. All
comments must be received by July 17, 2000.

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule proposal was issued in early May this
year. The draft rule proposed to restrict the construction of new roads or
upgrading of old roads in remaining unroaded portions of national forests
identified as "roadless" during inventories completed in 1979. The proposal
also calls for decisions about the future management of roadless areas to
be made during revision of the Forest Plans for individual national
forests. In Minnesota, Forest Plans were approved in 1986 and are currently
being revised. The Chippewa National Forest has 77 acres of inventoried
roadless areas, consisting of three islands. The Superior National Forest
has 60,802 acres of inventoried roadless areas, some containing roads.

A third part of the proposal recommends no restrictions on new road
building in roadless areas on Alaska's Tongass National Forest until April
2004. This part of the proposal does not affect the National Forests in

The public may find additional information about the proposal at the Roadless Web site or at all Forest Service offices and at major
public libraries. People may also call the roadless toll-free information
number: 1-800-384-ROAD (7623) for more information. To help people review,
understand and improve the proposal, more than 300 meetings are scheduled
throughout the country. A national schedule of meetings is available on the
Roadless Web site


Phone: (209)254-5263
Fax: (209)254-5263

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