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U.S. FOREST SERVICE PERMITTING PROCESS

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is a cooperating agency on the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H). The USFS has adopted the Final EIS prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the lead agency for the NEPA process. The proposed route submitted by Idaho Power Company crosses federal lands administered by the USFS, and the USFS will issue a separate Record of Decision (ROD) for actions on National Forest System (NFS) lands, based upon the analysis in the Final EIS.

The USFS must determine whether to issue a special use authorization for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the project and, if issued, what terms and conditions should apply. The USFS Draft ROD and associated forest plan amendments will be informed by BLM's decision and will apply only to NFS lands administered by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Agency Preferred Alternative crosses NFS lands for about seven miles, or about two percent, of its total 293-mile length.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Supervisor, Tom Montoya, is the responsible official for the USFS decision.

The Draft ROD and Final EIS will be subject to an objection process (pre-decisional administrative review), outlined in Section 218 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B). Objections will be accepted during a 45-day period beginning the day after legal notice is published in the newspaper of record, the Baker City Herald. The USFS will provide more information on who may be eligible to object, and the objection process, timeframes and filing instructions when the draft ROD is released.

Sign up to receive notification of the availability of the USFS draft ROD

To be notified when the USFS Draft ROD is released, please contact USFS B2H Liaison, Arlene Blumton, using the information below. The Draft ROD will also be available on the USFS project webpage.

Contact:

Arlene Blumton, USFS B2H Liaison
boardmantohemingway@fs.fed.us
La Grande Ranger District
3502 Highway 30
La Grande, OR 97850

Provide the following:

  • Name
  • Email or Postal Service mailing address
  • If you are unable to download documents from the Web, do you wish to receive the draft ROD on CD or paper?

This website is the joint Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project site. While information contained on this site is approved for posting by the BLM, it is not the official BLM website. For more general BLM information, visit the BLM website.