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Old 11-03-2009, 09:44 AM
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Default Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan ó Public Review Meeting

http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEduc...g11-18-09.aspx

6:30 to 8 p.m.
November 18

Monroe High School
The Commons
17001 Tester Rd
Monroe, Washington 98272

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding a public meeting to let people know about the draft Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan and how they can comment on it. DNR is providing this public comment opportunity in conjunction with the official State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process. The public comment period ends 5 p.m., December 4.

A draft of the plan will be available for downloading on November 10.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:17 PM
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I received a general response from the DNR regarding my comments...

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Thank you very much for your comments regarding the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) draft recreation plan for the Reiter Foothills Forest. The plan is currently undergoing State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review, the comment period ended on December 4, 2009. We received many comments, which are being reviewed and analyzed as we complete the SEPA process. DNR anticipates issuance of a final SEPA determination by the end of the year. As an interested party, you will receive email notification of the final SEPA determination.

We appreciate the importance of Reiter Foothills Forest to many recreationists. DNR and the volunteer recreation planning committee worked hard to balance public access and DNRís responsibility as an environmental steward. The resulting plan will help ensure a variety of future recreation opportunities that are sustainable into the future.

Thank you again for your comments.
Which was followed up by an update on the area...

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A quick snapshot of our progress with Reiter Foothills Forest:
  • We have nearly completed an inventory of locations needing restoration in the southern portion of the Reiter planning area. This work includes using GPS data and photos from the inventories to create a dynamic map, which can be updated over time. We will add data to the map as it becomes available.

  • The public review of the draft Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan and the concurrent SEPA process closed Dec. 4. We are now responding to those who submitted comments. We will finalize the recreation plan soon and let you know when itís completed.

  • Our ongoing enforcement field patrols in the last week reported little or no public presence in the area. They didnít issue any citations. No news is great news!

  • Our planners are very busy developing a comprehensive timeline and work schedule for reopening Reiter next year. Our goal is to get the public involved in helping to locate potential trails and restoration needs as soon as possible in the new year.

  • Assessing in detail the utility easements and the potential for recreational access along and across the power lines and pipeline in the area.

  • Doing field reconnaissance of the area, in preparation for work on trail and facility design.
Look for another email message from us early next week with information about training for volunteers who want to become part of a forest watch pilot program in Reiter Foothills.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:06 AM
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