We are passing on the information below about an Environmental Assessment that BLM released on Friday announcing the release and request for public comments on an EA for closing target shooting areas on Anderson Butte. SUTA has identified the target shooting areas that affect the Jack-Ash trail in particular as serious public safety concerns. We have also heard from many trail users about instances where the shooting has caused them to end their hikes and avoid sections of the trail because of it. This is the chance for the public to weigh in on this issue and let BLM know that we would like to have the shooting areas closed and patrolled more frequently to prevent continuing use and stop these unsafe activities.

The process for providing comments is described in the Ashland Field Office email.  SEE the information and LINK below.   Comments are due by 4:30 PM January 11th,  2021.  
> > > USE THIS QUICK LINK:  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/123432/595 to place your comments under “Participate Now”

We urge you to review the EA and provide your comments to address this very serious issue.

Thank you,

Joy Rogalla


The Ashland Field Office, Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is requesting public comments on the Anderson Butte Safety Project Environmental Assessment (EA). The Anderson Butte Safety Project is located on BLM-administered lands southeast of Medford, Oregon, east of Sterling Creek Road and northwest of Little Applegate Road, in Jackson County, Oregon.

Attached is the public notification letter for the open comment period. The EA is available to review and can be accessed electronically on the BLM’s National ePlanning register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/123432/510 or by searching ePlanning by the project number: DOI-BLM-ORWA-M060-2019-0005-EA. Paper copies are also available upon request.

Please direct EA requests, comments, or questions to Tye Morgan, Ashland Planning and Environmental Specialist by mailing the BLM, Attn: Tye Morgan, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon 97504; by calling (541) 618-2229; or through email at: BLM_OR_AFO_anderson_butte_sp@blm.gov (Subject: Anderson Butte Safety Project).  You may also submit comments via BLM’s ePlanning register on the project’s website using the “Participate Now” tab, or in the Documents section of the webpage.
> > > USE THIS QUICK LINK:  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/123432/595 

For comments to be considered before the final decision on the proposal, please submit them by 4:30 p.m. on January 11th, 2020. 

Please note: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. AUTHORITY: 40 CFR 1506.6, 40 CFR 1506.10, 43 CFR 1610.2, 43 CFR 1610.5


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