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GLIN==> Huron-Manistee, Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forest

The US Forest Service today published an important 9 page federal register
notice concerning land resource management planning for
Huron-Manistee, Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests.

Hearings go all through October with a November deadline for
written comments.

This FR notice is available at


Snippet below

[Federal Register: September 18, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 181)]
[Page 54707-54715]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Forest Service

Revised Land and Resource Management Plans for the Huron-Manistee
National Forests (Alcona, Crawford, Iosco, Lake, Manistee, Mason,
Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Oscoda and
Wexford Counties, MI); the Hiawatha National Forest (Alger, Cheboygan,
Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties,
MI); and the Ottawa National Forest (Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron,
Marquette and Ontonagon Counties, MI)

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare Environmental Impact Statements.


SUMMARY: The USDA Forest Service intends to prepare three separate and
individual Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents for revising
the Huron-Manistee, Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forest Land and
Resource Management Plans (Forest Plan) pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 1604(f)
(5) and USDA Forest Service National Forest System Land and Resource
Management Planning regulations. The National Forests in Michigan are
concurrently starting the revision process for each of the three
National Forests. The Revised Forest Plans for each Forest will
supersede the existing Forest Plans, which were approved in

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the mid-1980's, and any amendments associated with those individual
Forest Plans. This Notice describes the focus areas of change, the
estimated dates for filing the EIS, the information concerning public
participation, the names and addresses of the responsible agency
official and the individual who can provide additional information for
each of the three National Forests in Michigan. In an effort to create
efficiencies in the process, the Michigan National Forests are
identifying areas of Plan Revision where resources, information needs,
data assessments and public involvement can be cooperatively
accomplished by all three Forests.

DATES: Your comments are needed on this Notice of Intent (NOI) in
writing on or before November 17, 2003. The Draft EIS documents should
be available for public review by March 2005. The Final EIS and Revised
Forest Plans should be completed by March 2006. Comments should be
addressed to the appropriate National Forest as shown below.


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