The Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the anticipated environmental effects of implementing the Grand Targhee Resort (GTR) Master Development Plan (MDP) Projects, designed to improve the year-round recreational experience. The MDP was submitted to and accepted by the CTNF in 2019. While most of these projects would occur within the resort's existing Special Use Permit (SUP) area, there are two areas along the southeast and southwest borders of the SUP area (Mono Trees and South Bowl) where GTR is proposing a boundary adjustment.
The publication of the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS for GTR in the Federal Register on August 26th, 2020 initiated a 45-day formal scoping period. Scoping comments were then reviewed and processed to identify the major themes and resource concerns. This information is currently being used to develop an appropriate range of alternatives for the project, as well as issues and indicators for each resource, to guide analysis in the EIS. Further information on the scoping period is available to the right under the "Public Involvement" header. The next milestone for this project will be the availability of the Draft EIS, expected to be released for public review in the spring of 2021.
Additional information about the project, including a description of the Proposed Action and the Purpose and Need, is available in the Project Overview. Published project materials are available in the Project Library.
Project information can also be viewed via an online Story Map.
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The scoping period was open for public comment submittal between August 26, 2020 and October 12, 2020. Two web-based public scoping meetings were held on September 8, 2020 and September 10, 2020 to further inform the public of the projects identified in the Scoping Notice and to encourage public involvement. Virtual meetings were conducted rather than in-person meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scoping comments were accepted through mail, fax, telephone, email, and the CTNF's project website. A record of comments is available on CTNF's project website at the Public Comment/Objection Reading Room link.
Forest Service Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
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