USDA Forest Service
Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134
TO HOST ROADLESS INFORMATION MEETING
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2000 -- TheUSDA
Forest Service on Wednesday will host its Washington,
D.C.-area public information meeting on the Roadless
Area Conservation proposed rule and draft environmental
impact statement (DEIS). The meeting is scheduled
for 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Arlington Hotel, 1325
Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. The proposed rule
and DEIS were released May 9 for public review and
The information meeting will be held in the Hyatt
Senate Salon Conference rooms on the second floor.
The facilities are fully accessible for persons
with disabilities and sign language interpretation
will be provided during presentations.
Forest Service officials will be present to outline
the proposal and answer questions. Maps, summaries
and other handouts will be available, along with
copies of the proposed rule, DEIS, summaries, and
information on ordering a copy of the documents.
A presentation outlining the roadless proposal will
be shown several times between 5 and 9 p.m.
Participants may visit at any time during the evening
and are welcome to submit written comments. Written
comments may also be submitted during the comment
period, which closes July 17.
The Forest Service will sponsor a followup public
comment forum June 26, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the
same Hyatt site. At this meeting, members of the
public will have the opportunity to voice their
comments to a panel of Forest Service officials.
A court reporter will record comments for the formal
record. Written comments will be accepted at both
the information meeting on May 24 and the public
comment forum on June 26.
Comments on the proposal may be mailed to:
USDA Forest Service-CAET
Attention: Roadless Area Conservation Proposed Rule
P.O. Box 221090
Salt Lake City, UT 84122
Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to
(877) 703-2494 or through the <roadless.fs.fed.us>
website. For more information, visit the website;
call toll-free, 1-800-384-7623 or contact any Forest