BLM Jack-Ash Phase II Transmittal Letter
We are VERY HAPPY to share the announcement that BLM has released the Environmental Assessment for Phase II of the Jack-Ash Trail for public review and comment. This EA presents the analysis for constructing an additional 24 miles of trails within the existing Jack-Ash and Sterling Mine Ditch Trail system on Anderson Butte, as well as segments that will get us closer to our goal to connect to the East ART trail and Jacksonville.
The BLM announcement and instructions for accessing the EA are provided in the attached letter. The link for the EA is: https://go.usa.gov/xd7xb. Comments are due by 4:30 PM on April 22nd. BLM is happy to receive positive comments, and those are helpful to indicate the level of interest and community support for these trails, but the NEPA regulation only requires that they respond to those considered substantive. As noted in the transmittal letter, comments that are considered substantive are defined as those that provide (1) new information that would affect the analysis, or (2) information or evidence of flawed or incomplete analysis.
We anticipate that the EA will be approved and a Record of Decision and final approval to proceed will be granted by early summer. SUTA will be applying for various grants to fund this large project, and we expect to begin trail construction this fall. We will be busy working to raise the funds that will be required to complete this project, and welcome any and all support from all of you. It is a testament to your support and continued use of the trails that helps make any of this possible, so Thank You!
I hope to see you out on the trails!