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Forest Service seeks public comment on Chimney Rock Fire Tower project

The Pagosa District is seeking public comment on a proposal to dismantle and remove the Chimney Rock Fire Tower and conduct site improvement projects in the upper parking area. This project is being proposed to enhance visitors’ ability to view astronomical alignments that are considered of major significance in the development and use of the greater Chimney Rock area during the Pueblo II period, and to improve facilities and the setting of prehistoric sites within the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. The project area is located in portions of sections 17 and 20, T34N, R4W, N.M.P.M.

The pre-decisional Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for public review upon request by calling Wendy Sutton at the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-1519.

To be eligible to appeal the subsequent decision on this project, an individual or group must provide comment or otherwise express interest (36 CFR 215.11 (pre-2003 regulations)) in the proposed action during the comment period. The comment period ends 30 days after publication of this article in the Pagosa Springs SUN and cannot be extended.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of this article. The publication date in this newspaper is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. The regulations prohibit extending the length of the comment period.

Written comments must be submitted to: District Ranger, PO Box 310, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Pagosa District Office is located at 180 Pagosa St. in Pagosa Springs. Comments may also be faxed to Attn: Wendy Sutton, fax number, 264-1538.

Oral comments must be provided at the Pagosa District office during normal business hours via telephone (264-1519) or in person.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an e-mail message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc) to In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an electronic message, a verification of identity will be required for appeal eligibility. A scanned signature is one way to provide verification. For electronically mailed comments the sender should normally receive an automated acknowledgment from the agency as a confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgment receipt of comments, it is the sender’s responsibility to insure timely receipt by other means (36 C.F.R. 215.6 (4) (iii)).

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, those who only submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal the subsequent decision under 36 C.F.R. Part 215.

For further information, contact Wendy Sutton, Pagosa Ranger District, at 264-1519.