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Release of Final EIS on Tahoe delayed
« on: March 26, 2009, 05:21:02 PM »
To Everyone Interested in the Motorized Travel Management Process:

The purpose of this update is to share the progress we are making regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  I would first like to thank you all for taking the time to review the Draft EIS and to send in your comments.  We received over 7,000 emails, letters, map packets and other supportive documentation.  These provided a wealth of suggestions, concerns, and issues that we are responding to in the Final EIS.

We received comments on just about every aspect of the document including: recommended additions to the trail system; seasonal closures; wildlife issues; watershed, hydrology, and soil issues; non-motorized recreation; the existing road system; archeological resources; sensitive and invasive plants; roadless areas; access issues; maps in the document; National Environmental Policy Act requirements; air quality; growth of recreation; public meetings; mixed use; social and economic issues; etc. 

In terms of our schedule, due to the complexity and volume of comments, more time is required to fully review and respond to comments and modify the EIS.  Members of the IDT have been working long hours, including weekends, to address the comments and revise the EIS.  Due to the complexity of this, we expect that a couple more months will be needed to complete the Final EIS.  The Motor Vehicle Use Map is scheduled to be available in December, 2009.

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