The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is asking the public to comment on the preliminary Ely Ranger District Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Assessment, and proposed amendment to the Humboldt National Forest Plan.

The comment period concludes 45 calendar days following publication of the legal notice in the Elko Daily Free Press.

The plan would provide supplemental management direction for the preservation of wilderness character in the Ely Ranger District’s nine wilderness areas and Bureau of Land Management-administered portion of the Mt. Moriah Wilderness.  It would amend the Humboldt National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to provide management guidance for the five wilderness areas designated by the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 and augment the guidance for the four wilderness areas designated in 1989. The Mt. Moriah Wilderness Management Plan was scheduled for revision in 2005.

The Preliminary Ely Ranger District Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Assessment and Forest Plan Amendment are available online at http://1.usa.gov/1wEJy82.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District, 825 Avenue E, Ely, NV 89301 Attn: Forest Supervisor William Dunkelberger or fax them to 775-289-2132.  Hand-delivered comments will be accepted at the District office between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Submit comments electronically at FS-comments-intermtn-humboldt-toiyabe-ely@fs.fed.us

In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility.  If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

For more information, contact Joshua T. Simpson, Natural Resource Specialist, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District, at 775-289-5129 or jtsimpson@fs.fed.us.

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