Seeking public comment for Forest-wide Designated Motorized Use Project

IRONWOOD—The Ottawa National Forest is seeking comments on the proposed Forest-wide Designated Motorized Use Project’s Environmental Assessment.
    The Ottawa National Forest is proposing to change the motorized access designation on 568 miles of road.  The project area contains several roads, across all Ranger Districts, in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron and Ontonagon counties.  
    This proposal includes adding off-highway vehicle access to approximately 315 miles of road that is currently open to highway legal vehicles only; opening 78 miles of road to motorized access that are currently closed; closing 54 miles of road to motorized use to protect resources; and reconstruction of a minimum of 37 miles of road to improve road conditions for access needs.  
    Changes to the Ottawa’s Motor Vehicle Use Map from this proposal is expected to improve Ottawa Forest and recreational access, provide safe driving conditions, as well as resource protection.  
    Additional information on the proposed project is available in the Environmental Assessment, which was mailed to interested parties and is available on the Ottawa’s website,
    To ensure that your comments are most useful, please respond within 30 days from the publication of the legal notice in the Ironwood, Michigan’s Daily Globe which was May 31.
    Public comment deadline is June 30.
    Comments will be reviewed and used to make a decision on this project. Any comments received on this proposal are part of the public record and available for public review upon request.
    Comments should be addressed to Linda L. Jackson, Forest Supervisor, E6248 US 2, Ironwood, MI 49938; or call our office at 906‐932-1330. Office hours, for those who wish to hand deliver their comments, are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (central time), Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).  
    Additionally, comments may e‐mailed to comments‐ (put “Comments on Forest-wide Designated Motorized Use Project” in the subject line).
    Additional information regarding this project can be obtained from Marlanea French-Pombier, Forest Planner, (906) 932-1330, ext. 303.