Xcel Tree Removal Near Turquoise Lake This Summer
The Leadville Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest is accepting comments for a proposed project by Xcel Energy. The Forest Service is proposing to allow Xcel Energy to complete vegetation management, including removal of trees where needed, on two lines located on Forest Service System lands. The lines are located north of Turquoise Lake and northeast of Leadville and west/southwest of Climax mine. The total combined length of the two lines is approximately 10 miles. The work identified would occur in the summer of 2015 and is in compliance with their current permit. The project includes removing vegetation located within their right-of-way to reduce interference with the powerlines and structures and mitigate wildland fire hazards. The hand crews would access the sites by foot. Existing public access to the Forest would not be impacted by these activities. See the attached map for the line locations.
The Forest Service will use comments received to identify any concerns about the proposed activities and to conduct the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The project is consistent with categorical exclusion, which will be documented in a Decision Memo, 36 CFR 220.6 (e)(2): Additional construction or reconstruction of existing telephone or utility lines in a designated corridor. It is expected there would not be any significant individual or cumulative effects to resources from the proposed activities. The Decision Memo will not be subject to administrative appeal.
The President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1503.1 (a)(4) require that agencies request comments from the public. This opportunity to comment provides the public an opportunity to provide meaningful input prior to the decision on projects and activities related to implementing land and resource management plans.
Please be as specific as possible with your comments so they can be effectively addressed. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project, and will be available for public inspection. Comments may be submitted by email in word (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or portable document format (.pdf) to email@example.com. Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to: Leadville Ranger District, Attn: Lisa Corbin, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Please return your comments by May 12, 2015.
For more information contact Lisa Corbin at 719-486-0749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab the Pole and Head to the Upper Arkansas River!
Here’s the first fishing report of the season for the Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville.
Moderate day time temps., cold night time temps., and periods of precipitation have combined for optimal flows for the walk/wade angler on the Upper Ark. Look for BWO and midge when the weather is unsettled. On warmer, nicer days the early caddis action should escalate. Nymphing is still going to provide the most consistent action, but do not overlook your dry fly selection when the bug action warrants it.
Tim is guiding fishing trips for Colorado Fly Fishing Guides! You can also find a selection of flies, leaders and tippets for those of you wanting to get some rare early action on the Upper Ark!!