Public comment for Auburn State Recreation Area extended | TheUnion.com

Public comment for Auburn State Recreation Area extended

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AUBURN — California State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are extending the public comment period on the future plans of Auburn State Recreation Area by an additional 14 days due to the high level of interest expressed at a recent open house in Cool.

To ensure that all interested members of the public are able to provide comments on the Auburn SRA Preliminary General Plan/Auburn Project Lands Draft Resource Management Plan (Plan) and a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, that deadline has been extended through the close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Auburn SRA is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, northeast of Sacramento. It includes about 30,000 acres of public land that is situated along nearly 40 linear miles of the north and middle forks of the American River.

The Plan is a document that provides a framework for long-term guidance for the development and management of Auburn SRA. The Plan utilizes management zones to identify where and what types of uses and facilities might be accommodated in the SRA in the future.

Highlights of the proposed action would allow or facilitate:

Parking capacity may be increased by up to 25 percent.

Camping capacity may be increased by up to 245 individual campsites and five group sites.

River access improvements to trails, roads and boat landings.

Trail bridges over the North Fork American River between Auburn and Cool and over the Middle Fork American River at the former Greenwood Bridge site.

Increased natural and cultural resources management, including fire prevention strategies.

Increased opportunities for visitors to engage in stewardship and education opportunities.

The draft environmental documents were prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act which can be found at http://www.parks.ca.gov/PlanASRA and Reclamation’s web page.

Written comments may be submitted by close of business Sept. 17, via email to plan.general@parks.ca.gov; by regular mail to Bonnie Van Pelt, Bureau of Reclamation, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630; or faxed to 916-537-7035. Hard copies of the documents can be reviewed at the Auburn SRA Sector Office, 501 El Dorado St. in Auburn and eight other locations listed on the Auburn State Recreation Area website.

Source: California State Parks


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