Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan
We, NMFS, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to analyze the potential impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment caused by the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (WOSF HCP) and a range of reasonable alternatives. The WOSF HCP is being prepared in support of a request for Endangered Species Act (ESA) incidental take permits (ITPs) authorizing incidental take of covered species by covered activities. We are also announcing the initiation of a public scoping period to engage Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments and the public in the identification of issues and concerns, potential impacts, and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action that meet the purpose and need for consideration in the draft EIS. The applicant for the ITPs is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
The NMFS requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis, and identification of relevant information, studies, and analyses. All comments must be received by April 21, 2021.
March 31, 2021—NEPA Public Scoping Meeting
The virtual scoping meeting will include presentations on the EIS process. Following the presentations, scoping and team members will be available to answer clarifying questions on the EIS process. Oral comments will not be taken during the meeting. All comments may be submitted at www.regulations.gov.
- NEPA Public Scoping - Spring 2021 (current)
- Draft EIS Release and Public Review - Winter 2021
- Final EIS - Fall 2022
- Record of Decision - Winter 2022