BLM seeks comment on proposed River Access Improvements at the New Fork - East Fork
by Bureau of Land Management
August 6, 2009
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale field office is asking for public comment on a proposed improvement project for the New Fork East Fork Confluence Boat Ramp Improvement Project.
BLM is proposing the following improvements: graveling the parking area, turn around, and boat ramp, reclaiming additional degraded areas, upgrading the entrance road to the site, installing signs at Boulder South Road, parking area, and boat ramp, installing a Comfort Station, and planting trees.
The BLM also proposes to upgrade the existing access to the New Fork East Fork Confluence to reduce resource problems, and improve boating access for river floating and fishing. Anglers are currently using a site near the confluence of the New Fork and East Fork Rivers to launch and retrieve boats. The site is a convenient take-out point for floaters coming down from the Boulder Bridge. It is also a good place to put in for those going down to the "Gas Wells" area, or the bridge on Highway 351. This site is currently undeveloped, and consists of several two-track roads and an area devoid of vegetation that is used for parking, and an eroding bank that is used for launching boats. Sublette County Road & Bridge used the location in the past for water hauling when they work on the South Boulder Road 23-106. Sublette County is planning on partnering with the BLM in the improvement of this location in order to continue using the site as a water haul location when they work on South Boulder Road.
We will accept scoping comments Aug. 1 Sept. 15, 2009. For more information, or a copy of the Scoping Notice please contact Cara Farr at: 307-367-5339. Please send comments to: BLM Pinedale Field Office at 1625 West Pine Street, mail to: P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure to include the phrase "New Fork East Fork Project" in the subject line. Comments may also be faxed to: 307-367-5329.
Your comments are very important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process. The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, e-mail addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
All individuals that comment will be added to the mailing list for this project to provide you future information regarding the EA.
The BLM manages more land 256 million acres than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLMs multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.