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Outdoors Comment period extended on managing uses in Upper Chattooga

The US Forest Service has announced it will extend the comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) on Managing Recreation Uses in the Upper Segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor by 15 days. Comments are due by Aug. 30, 2011.

“Since we started this process, our priorities have been transparency and public input,” said Paul Bradley, forest supervisor for the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests. “Although we were not required to provide a comment period, we wanted to give people an opportunity to review the document. Now people have told us they need more time to look at our analysis and our preferred alternative, and we’re responding by giving the public 15 more days.”

Extending the comment period will not impact the agency’s ability to issue a final decision by the end of the year.

Comments on the EA and the preferred alternative, Alternative 12, may be e-mailed to comments-southern-francismarionsumter@ or surface mailed to: U.S. Forest Service, Chattooga River Project, 4931 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C. 29212

A copy of the EA is available on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests’ Web site at where additional background information can be found.

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