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Opportunity to Object to the 2020 Cooperative Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Project US Forest Service, Southern Region Regional Forester Ken Arney has prepared an environmental assessment and draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the 2020 Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Project. The project proposes treatment on the Jefferson NF in Virginia and the Pisgah NF in North Carolina for the control of gypsy moth using a treatment of aerially applied mating disruption pheromones that targets gypsy moths. The Project is subject to the pre-decisional objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. The opportunity to object ends 45 days following the date of publication of this legal notice in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspapers of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during designated opportunity for public comment. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated comment opportunities (218.8(c)). The objection must contain the minimum content requirements specified in 218.8(d) and incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in 218.8(b). It is the objector's responsibility to ensure timely filing of a written objection with the reviewing officer. All objections are available for public inspection during and after the objection process. Written objections may be submitted electronically to the reviewing officer through the project webpage: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=57236. Faxed objections must be sent and addressed to "Objection Reviewing Officer" at (503) 808-2339 and must include the subject line as noted above. The fax coversheet should specify the number of pages being submitted. Emailed or faxed objections must be received by 11:59:59 pm (Eastern time zone). Hardcopy objections must be submitted by regular mail to the following address: USDA Forest Service, Attn: Objection Reviewing Officer, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, EMC, Mailstop 1104, Washington, DC 20250. Hardcopy objections may also be submitted by carrier (UPS or FedEx) or hand delivery to USDA Forest Service, Attn: Objection Reviewing Officer, 210 14th Street, SW, EMC, Mailstop 1104, Washington, DC 20250. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. Carrier or hand deliveries may call 202-791-8488 during regular business days and hours, to coordinate delivery of objections. Hardcopy submissions must include a subject line stating: "Objection regarding the 2020 Cooperative Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Project." Individuals who need to use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) to transmit objections may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. 3/20/20
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