The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday will release a draft environmental analysis of the effects on meadows of 42 separate motorized vehicle 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 analysis will determine whether portions of the routes will be reopened to the public.
The draft environmental analysis will be available online for public review and comment via the Eldorado National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado, according to a Forest Service news release.
The Forest Service will hold three public open houses to informally discuss the draft document: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Placerville Best Western Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, Placerville; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 5 at the Turtle Rock Community Center, 17300 State Route 89 in Markleeville; and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 6 at the Amador County Supervisors Office, 810 Court St., Jackson.
Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy stressed that the draft document does not represent a final decision. It is intended to let the public know what was discovered in the environmental analysis, and to provide an opportunity for people to make specific comments on the document and the merits of four alternatives.
Hardy said she expects the final supplemental environmental impact statement to be released to the public in late spring or early summer.
The forest supervisor's decision will be made following completion of the final document.