Categories: From the President, News & Updates - Tags: BLM, EA, Environmental Assessment, Jack-Ash Trail Project
Dear Patient Trail Supporters!!!!
After many years of work by all of you volunteers, the SUTA board and by the Medford BLM, the first phase of the Jack-Ash Trail is getting VERY close to being approved. BLM issued the environmental assessment on Friday(notice pasted below) The public comment period runs for 30 days – until July 18th. If you have a chance, please take a moment and send BLM a letter or email in support of this community trail. As you may recall, this first stage of the Jack-Ash will connect both ends of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail creating a giant loop up and around Anderson Butte. If all goes well, construction will begin in September!
Thank you all for your support and help. And thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!
Dear Interested Public:
The attached Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Jack-Ash Trail Project is now available for a 30 day public review. The EA will also be available electronically on the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website on Friday, June 17th, at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=57315&dctmId=0b0003e880aa19b5.
The EA describes and analyzes the impacts of proposed construction of 4.7 miles of trail and four trailheads (Phase 1) located south of the cities of Jacksonville and Medford, OR. Phase 1 is a portion of planned larger trail system that would ultimately provide a non-motorized trail system for equestrians, hikers, runners, and mountain bikers that would connect the cities of Jacksonville and Ashland with a trail system, primarily along the ridges and crests of the Siskiyou Mountains, Jackson County, Oregon. Phase 1 connects to the existing Sterling Mine Ditch Trail to create a stand-alone loop trail. The trailheads would be designated in areas that already receive some recreational parking use. The trail would be accessible to all levels of non-motorized users.
We welcome your comments on the content of the EA. We are particularly interested in comments that address one or more of the following: (1) new information that would affect the analysis, or (2) information or evidence of flawed or incomplete analysis. Specific comments are the most useful. Although comments are welcome at any time, comments are most useful if received by 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2016.
All comments should be made in writing and mailed or delivered to: Shanna McCarty, Planning & Environmental Specialist, Ashland Resource Area, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504 or emailed to BLM_OR_MD_mail@blm.gov, Attention: Shanna McCarty.
Further information on this proposed project is available at the Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, Oregon 97504 or by calling Shanna McCarty at 541.618.2252.