On Wednesday, the Forest Service will release a draft environmental analysis that examines the impacts on meadows from 42 separate motorized routes in the Eldorado National Forest. The routes were closed by court order last year pending the outcome of a supplemental environmental impact statement.
The draft statement will be available for public review and comment on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
An open house to discuss the statement will be 4-8 p.m. March 5 at Turtle Rock Community Center in Markleeville.
Two other open houses will be held in Placerville and Jackson.
"I hope interested people will take time to review the DSEIS and send in their comments," said Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy. "This document is not a final decision, it is a draft analysis. The draft allows people to learn what we discovered during our analysis and for them to provide specific comments on the document and the merits of the four alternatives."
Guidance on how to submit comments will also be found on the Eldorado National Forest website.
Hardy anticipates the final statement will be released to the public in late spring or early summer 2013. The Forest Supervisor's decision will be made following the completion of the final statement.