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Objection process open on Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration

The objection process is now open on the proposed Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration Project.

Objections will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment.

District Ranger, Terry Nevius, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, has prepared the environmental assessment (EA) and draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the project, located within the Newsome Creek and Leggett Creek watersheds, tributaries of the South Fork Clearwater River, between Grangeville and Elk City.

The project would conduct several items: improve fish habitat by reducing sediment delivery to streams and improve hydrologic function with the watersheds; conduct decommissioning of 71 miles of road including abandonment (three miles), and 95 miles of road improvement; and install one full-size vehicle bridge across the West Fork Newsome Creek on Road 1834 and one trail vehicle bridge across Newsome Creek on Easter Mine Trail 834.

Review the EA and draft Decision Notice/FONSI on-line at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=36916.  Documents are also available at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, or the Red River Ranger District in Elk City.

For information: Jennie Fischer, Project Team Leader, 983-4048.

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