[pct-l] Letter from the PCTA asking for your comments.
brick at brickrobbins.com
Tue Sep 30 11:05:45 CDT 2014
the comment period closed yesterday.
On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Gail Van Velzer <vanvelzer at charter.net> wrote:
> I went to the link and when I clicked on "comments", there was no form to
> fill out. Only a directive to mail your comments to an address. Did anyone
> else find this? What am I doing wrong?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Brick Robbins" <brick at brickrobbins.com>
> To: "PCT" <pct-l at backcountry.net>
> Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 1:25 PM
> Subject: [pct-l] Letter from the PCTA asking for your comments.
>> This is the text of a letter from the PCTA asking you to comment on
>> the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests Land Management Plans.
>> I found it a bit confusing to find the comments form, so I'm including
>> a direct link to it here
>> ============== begin text from PCTA =====================
>> Dear Friends of the PCT,
>> As you probably know the lion’s share of the PCT lies on public land
>> managed by the U.S. Forest Service. You also know that the PCT is much
>> more than the 36 inch dirt trail tread, but rather it is the sum total
>> of the landscapes, flora and fauna, and the experiences that this
>> makes possible for a traveler on the Trail. In 2012 the Forest Service
>> adopted new rules regarding how forest plans, the plans that provide
>> overall direction for management of a single national forest, are
>> formulated. In those rules it refers to national scenic trails like
>> the PCT as congressionally designated areas. Region 5 (California) of
>> the Forest Service is in the process of formulating the first three
>> forest plans under the new rule for the Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia
>> National Forests – each containing significant sections of the PCT. As
>> the first forest plans under the new rules it will set the stage for
>> all 26 national forests that the PCT traverses.
>> Recently the agency published documents alerting the public that they
>> intend to undertake this planning process, as well as broad indication
>> of what they think they need to do to bring the current forest plans
>> up to snuff. It says that, "there is a need to: ...include a
>> management area for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail corridor
>> and associated management direction". Since PCTA had been pressing the
>> agency to do just this, we were ecstatic! But this isn’t the end of
>> the process, but rather just the beginning.
>> To have this proposal come to fruition in three final forest plans, we
>> need to show significant public support for a PCT Management Area in
>> the final documents. That is why we are contacting you. We need you to
>> weigh in on behalf of the Pacific Crest Trail.
>> The process is pretty simple. There is a link below that will take you
>> to a Forest Service comment site. We would ask you first of all to
>> tell the agency why you care about the PCT. Whether you are a day or
>> weekend user, a through hiker, an equestrian or hiker, or a steward or
>> crew worker on the trail, or an armchair admirer of the PCT, briefly
>> tell them about your connection to the PCT. Below you will find a few
>> bulleted points that we would want you to make in your own words. An
>> out pouring of support will help assure that the Forest Service stays
>> on course to provide appropriate management of the lands that make the
>> PCT experience something very special to us all. If you would like to,
>> please copy what you write before you hit the send button and e-mail
>> it to PCTA. We will let you know the outcome of our efforts.
>> These are the points that we hope you will make:
>> * I/we are happy to see a management area and direction for the PCT
>> included in the proposal and support its inclusion in these forest
>> * The trail is more than the trail tread, but rather the landscapes
>> through which it travels
>> * I/we support the management plan components for the PCT management
>> area in the detailed proposed action and hope that you will work with
>> PCTA to strengthen and clarify them. The Forest Service is on the
>> right track here.
>> * Express enthusiasm for the direction that the agency is headed
>> regarding the Pacific Crest Trail
>> To make comments on line:
>> Go to http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters
>> On the right under "Get Connected" click on "Comment on Project" At
>> the top of the page it should say:
>> Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests Land Management Plans
>> Revision #3375
>> Commenting on This Project
>> Fill in the form, if you would send a copy of the text to PCTA by
>> e-mail at PCTforestplans at pcta.org , type the security code at the
>> bottom of the form and hit "submit"
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