The next milestone for this project will be the release of the Draft EIS (DEIS), which is now expected to be available in the spring of 2022. The public will have a minimum of 90 days after a Notice of Availability (NOA) is published for the DEIS to provide comments on the analysis and findings. The reader is referred to the National Environmental Policy Act Flowchart for a summary of the EIS process required for this project.
As we are nearing the release of the DEIS, the Forest Service would like to share a number of refinements that have been made to the Proposed Action since scoping. These updates were driven by internal and external feedback provided during the scoping period, fieldwork and analysis completed during the summer of 2021, and operational details that were uncovered during a holistic review of the entire proposal. Key refinements to the proposal include:
These project components will be explained in full detail under the range of reasonable alternatives described and analyzed in the upcoming DEIS.
The range of alternatives that will be analyzed in the DEIS was established based on internal and external feedback provided during the scoping period and includes the following: 1) the No Action Alternative; 2) a modified version of the Proposed Action described in the Scoping Notice, including projects located within the existing SUP area and proposed expansion projects in Mono Trees and South Bowl; 3) proposed projects located within the existing SUP area only; 4) proposed projects located within the existing SUP area and proposed South Bowl expansion projects; and 5) proposed projects located within the existing SUP area and proposed Mono Trees expansion projects. Alternatives must meet the Purpose and Need of the project while responding to issues identified during scoping. Project alternatives will be described in greater detail in the upcoming DEIS.
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