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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Officials Seeking Public Comments on Proposal to Amend Forest Plan

(RUSSELLVILLE)  Ozark – St. Francis National Forests officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to amend the Forest Plan to update conservation practices for threatened, endangered and sensitive bat species on the Forests.

“Forest managers are proposing an amendment to the Forest Plan to establish more targeted measures to protect bat species and their habitats, including the Indiana Bat,” said Amy Burt, forest planning and NEPA coordinator.

Information on the project can be found on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55628.

Two open-house style public meetings to discuss bat conservation on the Forests are scheduled at the Forest Supervisor’s office at 605 W. Main Street, Russellville, Ark. The first meeting is Fri., May 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second is Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted at any time during the process. To establish standing for objection eligibility, comments must be received during a designated opportunity for comment. The comment period will last 30 days after the publication of the legal notice in the Forest newspaper of record, The Courier in Russellville, Arkansas, on April 14, 2019 and will end on May 14, 2019.

Responses may be submitted by mail to: Forest Coordinator, 605 W. Main St, Russellville, AR 72801.

Comments may also be mailed electronically to the Forest Supervisor’s office, in a common digital format, to comments-southern-ozark-stfrancis@fs.fed.us. Please state “Plan Amendment and EA” in the subject line when providing electronic responses, or on the envelope when replying by mail. Comments may also be submitted in person at the open-house meetings.

For additional project information, contact Amy Burt at the Supervisor’s Office in Russellville, Arkansas by phone at 479-964-7282 or by email at amy.burt@usda.gov.

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