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PostFri Jul 28, 2017 9:36 am 
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Friday July 28, 2017 08:58 PDT

Mountain Goat Management Plan Olympic National FOREST 07/28/17

Not to be confused with Mountain Goat Management Plan at Olympic National PARK (see thread here)

USDA-Forest Service, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Notice of 60-day Comment Period on Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Olympic Mountain Goat Management Plan


Request for Comment:  The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Olympic Mountain Goat Management Plan is now available for a 60-day comment period. This DEIS is being developed in cooperation with Olympic National Park, Forest Service, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The plan alternatives include actions proposed to occur within Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, and associated actions proposed by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to translocate mountain goats to national forest lands in the Cascades (including Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest).

The draft alternatives are described and analyzed in the Mountain Goat Management Plan DEIS along with associated maps and can be reviewed at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMgoat. The plan’s purpose is to allow Olympic National Park to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts from non-native mountain goats, and reduce potential public safety issues associated with the goats’ presence in the park.

U.S.D.A Forest Service Objection Process: Actions proposed on NFS lands under this plan/EIS constitute activities that implement land management plans for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and are subject to the agency’s pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. The objection process occurs prior to the Forest Service making a final decision and will include circulation of the final EIS and draft Record of Decision. Only those persons who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR 218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during the public comment period are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR 218.24(b)(6)).

The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the DEIS in the Federal register on July 28, 2017. Olympic National Park will accept comments on behalf of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on this proposal for 60 days following publication of the NOA in the Federal Register. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for a proposed action documented in a draft EIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Written comments should be submitted at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMgoat. Comments will also be accepted during scheduled public meetings (meeting information available on the website referenced above) or can be mailed or hand-delivered to: Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362. To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be entered into the above referenced website or postmarked by the 60-day deadline to submit comments. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any manner other than those listed above. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

It is the commenter’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR 218.25).  For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request (36 CFR 218.24(b)(8)). Comments received by the Park in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment will be part of the public record for this project and may be made publicly available at any time. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

-Olympic National Forest-

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(* No idea why they're sending this message out again, which looks about the same as the one above. Don't blame me - I'm just the messenger. *)

Monday July 31, 2017 17:25 PDT

Dear Interested Party:

The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife invite the public to review and provide input about proposed alternatives for managing non-native mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains.

The draft alternatives are described and analyzed in the Draft Mountain Goat Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was released July 24, 2017 and can be reviewed at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMgoat. The plan’s purpose is to allow Olympic National Park to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts from non-native mountain goats, and reduce potential public safety issues associated with the goats’ presence in the park.

Actions proposed on NFS lands under this plan/EIS constitute activities that implement land management plans for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and are subject to the agency's pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. The objection process occurs prior to the Forest Service making a final decision (signing a ROD) and will include circulation of the final EIS and draft decision document (ROD). Only those persons who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR 218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during the public comment period are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR 218.24(b)(6)). The Olympic National Park will accept comments on behalf of the Olympic National Forest on this proposal for 60 days following the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on July 29, 2017.

Comments should be submitted at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMgoat. They will also be accepted during scheduled public meetings (see the project website for schedule) or can be mailed or hand-delivered during business hours to: Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any manner other than those listed above. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

It is the commenter's responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR 218.25). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the  proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request (36 CFR 218.24(b)(8)). Comments received by the Park in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment will be part of the public record for this project.

Thank you for your interest in the Olympic National Forest.

-ONF-

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The USFS draft Record of Decision, selecting Alternative D (850 hours of helicopter flights to capture and release half the goats, and shoot the rest) was issued yesterday, July 9, 2018.  To view it, on the USFS Mountain Goat Management Plan website, click on Decision, or click on this direct link to the ROD.

A 45-day objection period began July 12 and will run until late August, before the decision is finalized and the project may begin.

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PostWed Jul 18, 2018 10:41 am 
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Wednesday July 18, 2018 09:54 PDT

Dear Interested Party:

The Olympic, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests (N.F.) have prepared a draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Mountain Goat Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS) for Olympic National Park. The draft ROD proposes to authorize actions necessary for implementation of Alternative D of the Final EIS. The NPS published the final plan/EIS on May 4, 2018 and signed a record of decision (ROD) on June 18, 2018. The NPS ROD selected Alternative D, which involves lethally removing goats from Olympic National Forest and translocating mountain goats to North Cascades national forests. The final EIS and draft ROD are available on the project website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49816. The Forest Supervisors for the three affected National Forests will authorize actions on their respective Forests that involve helicopter landings in wilderness areas on all three Forests; preparation of staging areas, issuance of temporary forest closure orders around staging areas, capture sites, and lethal removal areas as needed, per 36 CFR 261 Subpart B; and use of closed areas. Helicopter use and staging and release sites outside of designated wilderness on NFS land that do not require Forest Service authorization are not included in the Forest Service ROD. The Responsible Officials for this project are: Reta Laford, Forest Supervisor for the Olympic N.F.; Jamie Kingsbury, Forest Supervisor for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie N.F.; and Michael Williams, Forest Supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F.

The project is now subject to pre-decisional administrative review (objection process) pursuant to the regulations at 36 CFR 218 subpart B. Only objections from those individuals or organizations who have previously submitted timely, specific written comments during a prior designated opportunity for comment will be considered (36 CFR 218.5). Objections must be based on previously submitted, specific and timely written comments regarding the proposed project and attributed to the objector, unless the issue is based on new information that arose after the opportunities for comment.

Objections must be filed with the reviewing officer within 45 days following the publication date of this legal notice in the paper of record for each Forest: the Olympian, Everett Herald, and Wenatchee World. This is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection, those wishing to object should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. If the comment period ends on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, comments will be accepted until the end of the next Federal working day. It is the responsibility of objectors to ensure that their objection is received in a timely manner.

Objections should be submitted to Objection Reviewing Officer, Region 6 Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service, 1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. Electronic submissions are preferred and may be submitted by completing the form available online at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=49816. The objection filing form can also be accessed by going to the project’s website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49816) and clicking on “Comment/Object on Project” link on the right sidebar. Objections filed by mail must be postmarked no later than the last day of the 45-day period. Office hours, for those who wish to hand deliver their comments, are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays). Objections received in response to this invitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the Project Record and available for public review.

The objection must contain the minimum content requirements specified in 36 CFR 218.8(d). At a minimum an objection must include the following (36 CFR 218.8(d)): 1) objector’s name, address and telephone; 2) signature or other verification of authorship; 3) identify a single lead objector when applicable; 4) project name, Responsible Official name and title, and name of National Forest where project will be implemented; 5) description of those aspects of the proposed project addressed by the objection, including specific issues related to the proposed project; if applicable how the environmental analysis or draft decision violate law, regulation, or policy; suggested remedies to resolve the objection; supporting reasons for the reviewing officer to consider, and 6) statement demonstrating the connection between the objection and prior comments. Incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in 36 CFR 218.8(b).

For additional information concerning the Forest Service administrative review process, contact Heidi Hopkins, Program Specialist, heidihopkins@fs.fed.us, 503-808-2281. For information regarding the actions proposed for authorization in this decision, please contact Jesse Plumage (North Cascades forests), jplumage@fs.fed.us, 425-783-6031, or Susan Piper (Olympic National Forest), spiper@fs.fed.us, 360-956-2435.

Thank you for your interest in the Olympic National Forest.

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Wednesday December 12, 2018 14:10 PST

You are subscribed to Olympic National Park Mountain Goat Management Plan for USDA Forest Service.

This message is to notify you of the availability of the USDA Forest Service Record of Decision for the Olympic National Park Mountain Goat Management Plan/EIS. The Record of Decision and related project information are available for viewing and download at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49816

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the management of the Olympic, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests.

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