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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, July 23, 2018

Los Padres officials seek public comments on La Brea Restoration project Environmental Assessment

GOLETA, Calif. – Forest Service officials recently released the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the La Brea Restoration project on Los Padres National Forest’s Santa Lucia Ranger District. The Forest is now seeking public comments from individuals or groups that may be interested in or affected by the project.

The purpose of the La Brea Restoration project is to evaluate the roads and trails within the project area that were damaged during the 2009 La Brea Fire and subsequent storms of 2009-2011, and determine whether to re-open, reconstruct, reclassify, relocate, or decommission these roads and trails. There are 10 recreation sites within the project area that will need to be evaluated for the correct classification given current conditions and the proposed changes to roads and trails.

The goal in restoring the area is to provide a sustainable level of public access and recreational use while preserving the natural ecosystem, riparian habitat and cultural resources.

Four alternatives were developed as a result of questions and comments received in response to the release of the proposed action and at a public open house last year. All of the proposed activities and effects analysis for the four alternatives are outlined in the Environmental Assessment, which is available on the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50298. The project website also includes links to maps that show proposed activities and describes the differences between the alternatives.

The Forest Service will accept public comments for the next 30 days. Written comments should be specific to the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the Responsible Officer to consider.

Contact

Written comments may be mailed to the Santa Lucia Ranger District, Attn: Melody Fountain, 1616 Carlotti Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454; or hand delivered to the Santa Lucia Ranger District office located at the address above during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm). Electronic comments may be submitted using the “Comment on Project” link on the right-hand side of the project webpage.

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