Tuesday, May 20, 2014
John Richard Lint, forest supervisor of the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, announced that the U.S. Forest Service has begun the scoping period for the revision of the Francis Marion National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan).
“Input from the public and various organizations during the scoping period will help us develop alternatives for the forest plan and analyze the effects those alternatives may have on the land,” said Lint. “As stewards of the national forests in South Carolina, we continue to let everyone know where we are in the planning process and urge others to continue to give us feedback.”
This scoping period starts the process of developing an Environmental Impact Statement that will accompany the development of the revised plan.
The public has 45 days to comment on the Notice of Intent (NOI), the Preliminary Need to Change and the Proposed Action, all of which were published in the Federal Register.
The Forest Service officially kicked off the plan development phase with a Notice of Initiation (NOI) published in the Federal Register on Sept. 30, 2013. The agency offers several options for submitting specific, written comments.
When submitting comments, the Forest Service asks that everyone provide their name(s), address and telephone number, if available.
The Forest Service will consider comments, including names and addresses, as part of the public record and will make them available for public review.