Los Padres seeks public comment on Ecological Restoration Project

Los Padres National Forest seeks

comments on Ecological Restoration Project

SOLVANG, Calif.— Forest officials today encouraged interested members of the public to comment on the scope of the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) Ecological Restoration Project, which is being proposed on four of the five LPNF Ranger Districts. The purpose of this project is to restore fire-adapted ecosystems, reduce fuels, and reintroduce fire on the landscape by prescribed burning on approximately 235,495 acres of land administered by the LPNF within Kern, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

This solicitation for public comment helps serve the purpose of “scoping” under the Council of Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. It is our intention to analyze the proposed action with an Environmental Assessment. Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.7(a)(2), this proposed project implements the Los Padres National Forest Land Management Plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process in §218 subparts A and B.

The Forest Service is requesting all comments be submitted by August 28, 2022. Written comments may be submitted electronically at https://cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public//CommentInput?Project=62369. Written comments can also be addressed to Los Padres National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Attention: Kyle Kinports, 1980 Old Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. Please state the project name, “LPNF Ecological Restoration Project” on the envelope and your letter when providing comments.

Information about the LPNF Ecological Restoration Project will be available at two virtual meetings:

The purpose and need, proposed action, and maps, as well as other information, are available on the project webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=62369.