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Final days to share your viewpoint for the Giant Sequoia National Monument

Porterville, CA.….. The Sequoia National Forest wants to hear from the public regarding the development of the new Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan (Monument Plan). There is still time to provide comments through a new web-based comment portal that presents the newest tools for Sequoia’s ongoing collaborative outreach efforts.

The initial process began with a scoping letter with a Proposed Action for the Monument Plan followed by a 45-day public review period that will end on Monday, May 4, 2009. This however will not be the last opportunity to submit public comments. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be issued in September 2009, followed by another public comment period. The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision are scheduled in March 2010.

How to comment through the portal during the entire process; it’s a breeze to use:

From any computer with internet access the public can submit comments while reading the documents, access dynamic maps, receive e-mail notifications, save and share links with friends or online networks. A welcome video hosted by Tina Terrell, Forest Supervisor and an instructional guided tour are also available, plus all the traditional tools— phone calls, letters, e-mails, and faxes.

Please take the opportunity to become actively involved and visit the website at: http://gsnm-consult.limehouse.com/portal.

Another feature available on the Web site is a decision framework tool: the Values and Interest-Based Explorer (VIBE), which allows one to apply their values to the monument planning effort. There are three pseudo-alternatives with value selections one can make on key resources in the monument. When finished it displays an individual’s values chart.

Where to send your comments:

Send written comments to Marianne Emmendorfer, Project Leader, Sequoia Forest Headquarters, 1839 S. Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257. Attention: Monument Management Plan. Comments may be sent via facsimile to (559) 781-4744, or call (559) 784-1500 for further information. Individuals who use telecommunication devises for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1 (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including the names and addresses of those who comment will be part of the public record on this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to appeal the subsequent decision.

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