Officials from Lawrence County have stated that they were not informed of scoping comments concerning the Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project will outline the United States Forest Service’s goals for the next ten years on Black Hills National Forest Land. Nearly have of Lawrence County is comprised by forest service land.
Officials from the Forest Service claim they notified the Lawrence County Commission concerning the scoping comments. As a result of not responding to the scoping comments, a determination was triggered to exclude the county from receiving future notices about the project. However, if the county is granted cooperating agency status, county officials could work alongside forest service officials to ensure the county’s concerns and recommendations are included in a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document.
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