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Granite Creek Toilet Replacement: Public Comment Period

NORTH FORK — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is proposing to replace an existing toilet building located in the Granite Creek Campground on the Bass Lake Ranger District (BLRD). The existing toilet building is currently not functioning to standard due to deterioration, and is the only toilet facility available for the upper and lower level of the campground. In recognition of how important a role our campgrounds are to the community, county, valley and beyond we consistently work to improve our facilities for the health and safety of our camping visitors.

The Project includes the removal of the existing toilet building and installation of a new toilet building with an increased vault tank capacity. Granite Creek Campground is located off of Granite Creek road. The legal description is Section 31, Township 4 South, Range 24 East. The BLRD will draft an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this Project. Additional project information is available online through our website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/Sierra/Projects, or at the BLRD office.

This Project is subject to scoping and commenting pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subpart A and B. Only those who submit timely project-specific written comments during a public comment period are eligible to file an objection. Individuals or representatives of an entity submitting comments must sign the comments or verify identity upon request.

The Sierra NF will accept comments on this proposal until April 27, 2017. It is the commenter’s responsibility to ensure timely receipt of comments (36 CFR 218.25).

Provide comments by mail, fax, email, or in-person to the responsible official, Denise Tolmie c/o Leak Pen, Attn: Granite Creek Toilet Project  at 57003 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643; hand delivered during business hours (M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm); email: lpen02@fs.fed.us; phone: (559) 877-2218 or FAX: (559) 877-3108. Electronic comments, in common (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .txt) formats, may be submitted to: comments-pacificsouthwest-sierra@fs.fed.us with the subject: Granite Creek Toilet Replacement. As part of the public record, names of commenters are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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