Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)
01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Carson National Forest

This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.
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Projects Occurring Nationwide
R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)
R3 - Southwestern Region, Carson National Forest,  Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

Projects Occurring Nationwide  

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Land Management Planning Rule
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/18/2009
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:11/2011
 
12/2011 Larry Hayden
202-205-1559
lhayden@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Department of Agriculture proposes to promulgate a new planning rule, which will set out the process for development, revision, and amendment of National Forest System land management plans.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Agency-wide Rule.
Nationwide Aerial Application of Fire Retardant on National Forest System Lands.
EIS
- Regulations, Directives, Orders  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 08/27/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 01/2011 
Expected:12/2011
 
01/2012 Glen Stein
208-869-5405
gstein@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Forest Service will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the continued nationwide aerial application of fire retardant on National Forest System lands.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/retardant/index.html
Location: UNIT - All Districts-level Units. STATE - All States. COUNTY - All Counties. Nationwide.
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R3 - Southwestern Region, Occurring in more than one Forest (excluding Regionwide)

 
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project
EIS
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 12/01/2000
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 12/2010 
Expected:04/2011
 
06/2011 Lucy Maldonado
575-758-6255
lgmaldonado@fs.fed.us 
Description: A supplement to the Final EIS for Invasive Plant Control Project on the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests to disclose, review, and assess additional information.
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units, Santa Fe National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos. Carson and Santa Fe National Forests in New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest, Forestwide (excluding Projects occurring in more than one Forest)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Proposed Forest Plan Amendment for Management of Planned and Unplanned Ignitions
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 04/06/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Audrey Kuykendall
505-758-6212
akuykendall@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Carson National Forest proposes to amend its land and resource management plan to change forest-wide and management area prescriptions for fire management and update language related to fire terminology.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=27742
Location: UNIT - Carson National Forest All Units. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Rio Arriba, Taos. Carson National Forest.
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Carson National Forest, Occurring in more than one District (excluding Forestwide)  

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Forest-Wide Recreation Residence Permit Renewal
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2010 
Expected:12/2010  01/2011 MaryAnn Elder
505-586-0520
melder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reissue permits for existing recreation residences on the Carson National Forest, when in compliance with Forest Plan guidelines and Federal and State laws.
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District, Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - La Junta, Tres Ritos, Bitter Creek. Camino Real and Questa Ranger Districts.
Travel Management on the Canjilon, El Rito, and Tres Piedra Ranger Districts (West-side)
EA
- Road management  Completed  Actual: 12/02/2010  04/2011 Jack Carpenter
505-758-6221
jdcarpenter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Comments from a 2nd 30-day public comment period have been reviewed and incorporated in the final Environmental Assessment for Travel Management on the West Side (Canjilon, El Rito, & Tres Piedras Ranger Districts).
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=25678
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District, El Rito Ranger District, Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - Area from Colorado state line to Ojo Caliente, NM west to Rio Chama canyon National Forest lands only. El Rito, Tres Piedras, and Canjilon Ranger District, Carson National Forest, northern New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest,   Camino Real Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Amole Canyon Group Shelter
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/07/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
06/2011 Amy Simms
575-587-2255
asimms@fs.fed.us 
Description: Construction of an overnight group shelter in Amole Canyon with awning, restrool tables, fire ring and associated facilities including access. No water would be provided to the group shelter or associated facilites.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34236
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. 15 miles south of Taos, NM on NM 518 and east approximately .5 miles on FR 703.
Sipapu 2010 Summer Construction Projects
CE
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  06/2011 MaryAnn Elder
505-586-0520
melder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Improvements to Beginner area, including new conveyor lift
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 22N, R13E, Section 10. Within boundary of Sipapu ski area.
Travel Management on the Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest
EA
- Recreation management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 12/2010 
Expected:02/2011
 
06/2011 Jack Carpenter
505-758-6221
jdcarpenter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designation of roads open to motorized public travel, closure of roads to motorized public travel. Elimination of cross-country motorized travel.Forest Plan amendment would be required. EA is expected to go out for 30-day comment in 12/2010.
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Rio Arriba, Taos. LEGAL - east and south of Taos, New Mexico includes area south to Truchas, New Mexico. Camino Real Ranger District, Carson National Forest, northern New Mexico.
Tri State Transmission Line Vegetation Management Plan
EA
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 02/2011 
Expected:02/2012  06/2012 MaryAnn Elder
505-586-0520
melder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Approval of 2010 proposed plan, including access across NFS lands
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - sections in T 25N R 13E thru T25N R 15E. North of US 64, in Taos Canyon.
Valle de Los Romeros and Osha Pass Riparian Wetland Habitat Improvement
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 08/16/2010 
Expected:06/2011
 
07/2011 Zigmund Napkora
575-758-6311
znapkora@fs.fed.us 
Description: restore surface drainage on trail 70, relocate portion of trail 13, obliterate and rehab unauthorized routes, stabilize headcuts, maintaing/rehab existing erosion structure
Location: UNIT - Camino Real Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T22N, R14E Sect 15 and T24N, R15E, Sect3, NMPM. Osha Pass southwest of Angel Fire and Valle de Los Romeros northwest of Holman, New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest,   Canjilon Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Canjilon Deer Winter Range Improvement Project
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Completed  Actual: 12/10/2010  04/2011 Juan Martinez
505-758-6252
jrmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Vegetation Maintenance, mechanical treatment and prescribed burning of sagebrush and pinon/juniper treatments done in the 1960s & 1970s for winter range
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30699
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T26N, R2E; T25 N R2E; T25 N, R2E; T5N, R3E; T24N, R3E;T25 N, R 4 E; T24 N, R4 E. Mesa de las Viejas and Mesa Montosa.
Canjilon WUI
EA
- Fuels management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 07/10/2010
Est. Objection Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
06/2011 Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Objective is protect the community of Canjilon from catastrophic fire. Falls under Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA).
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Canjilon, NM.
Highway 84 Thinning
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:12/2011  06/2011 Juan Martinez
505-758-6252
jrmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Thinning along the ROW along Highway 84 turnoff to Trout Lakes
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 27 N, R 4 E, Sec 35 & 36. Thinning along Highway 84 and turnoff to Trout Lakes.
Lopez Canyon Improvement Project
CE
- Watershed management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Craig Newman
575-684-2489
clnewman@fs.fed.us 
Description: Soil and watershed, and range improvement project, including drop structures, cross fencing, water developments, recontouring, gully plugs
Location: UNIT - Canjilon Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T 26N, R 5E Sec. 33 SW1/4 of NE1/4. Lopez Canyon.
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Carson National Forest,   El Rito Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Vallecitos Water Tank
CE
- Recreation management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 10/2010 
Expected:11/2010  06/2011 Ray Martinez
505-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: install 15,000 gallon underground water tank and associated drain and connection waterlines for community of Vallecitos, New Mexico
Location: UNIT - El Rito Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T26Nm R8E section 17 NMPM. Vallecitos, New Mexico ajdacent to existing above ground water tank.
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Carson National Forest,   Jicarilla Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
East Rosa Three Dimensional Geophysical Survey
EA
- Minerals and Geology  In Progress:
Scoping Start 04/30/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 John Reidinger
(505) 632-2956
jreidinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Geophysical survey using helpcopter supported shot holes and on road vibroseis machines on exisiting roads, use of geophones for recording data and staging areas and land zones for helicopters. No off road use is proposed. East Rosa Unit NFS lands
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T30 N R 4,5 W; T31 N R4,5 W; T32N R4,5 W ; NMPM. Jicarilla Ranger District East Rosa area.
Jicarilla Outfitter/Guide Permit Re-issuance
CE

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 John Reidinger
(505) 632-2956
jreidinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: The Jicarrila District has five (5) term permitted outfitter guides who's permits are about to expire and need re-issuance of their term permits.
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T27N thru T32N, R4W thru R5W, NMPM. District-wide on the Jicarilla Ranger District, Carson National Forest.
Laguna Seca, Valencia, And Vaqueros Grazing Allotments
EA
- Grazing management  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:06/2011  05/2011 Anthony Madrid
505-682-2551
amadrid@fs.fed.us 
Description: Proposal to re-authorize livestock grazing on three (3) grazing allotments.
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T27, 28, 29, and 30N. R4 and 5W, most sections. Three (3) grazing allotments located on the southern half of the Jicarilla Ranger District.
Quintana 2 - Pinon/Juniper Thinning for Mule Deer
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  In Progress:
Scoping Start 03/29/2010 
Expected:01/2011
 
04/2011 Ilyse Gold
505-632-2956 ext 77241
igold@fs.fed.us 
Description: An 81-acre graduated P/J thinning adjacent to 60-acre block previously thinned in 2008 to improve vegetation structural stages to improve habitat conditions for mule deer.
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - T32N,R5W, Sec.28. Located in the northwestern portion of the Jicarilla Ranger District.
Rosa Unit SWD#1 to SWD#2 saltwater gathering pipeline and Trunk A extension #3 gas pipeline
EA

           *NEW LISTING*
- Minerals and Geology  Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 01/2011 
Expected:03/2011  04/2011 John Reidinger
(505) 632-2956
jreidinger@fs.fed.us 
Description: Saltwater gathering pipeline for disposal, natural gas transport, and electric line to be constructed concurrently within same corridor.
Location: UNIT - Jicarilla Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. LEGAL - Section 3, T31N, R4W, and Sections 25, 34, 35, and 36, T31N, R5W. On northern half of District within Rosa Unit portion of Carbresto Canyon.
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Carson National Forest,   Questa Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cabresto Dam Reconstruction
EA
- Special use management  Completed  Actual: 10/01/2010  04/2011 Gregory Miller
575-758-6251
gmiller@fs.fed.us 
Description: Propose reconstruction of Cabresto Dam. Dam would meet safety & operational standards of State of NM. Proposal includes breaching existing dam & constructing new dam about 160 feet downstream of existing dam.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=30596
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 29 N, R. 13 E, Sec. 13 & 24. Cabresto Dam is located approximately 7 miles NE of Questa NM, adjacent to Latir Wilderness. The condition of existing earthen dam requires reconstruction to address safety needs.
Red River Sewage Treatment Plant Special Use Permit Amendment
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A MaryAnn Elder
505-586-0520
melder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Town of Red River SUP application to construct additional facilities inside existing permit boundary. New facilities include sludge handling building, municipal solid waste transfer building, fire station.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - Township 29N, Range14E, Section 33. One mile west of the Town of Red River, on the north side of Red River Canyon.
Taos Ski Valley Phase 1 MDP Projects
EIS
- Recreation management  Cancelled  N/A  N/A MaryAnn Elder
505-586-0520
melder@fs.fed.us 
Description: Duplicate entry Project 34310, entitled "Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Proposed Projects" is correct project.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T 27N, R 14E, Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 21, 22. Questa Ranger District.
Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Proposed Projects
EIS

           *NEW LISTING*
- Special use management  In Progress:
NOI in Federal Register 11/23/2010
Est. DEIS NOA in Federal Register 09/2011 
Expected:01/2012
 
06/2012 Troy Waskey
928-467-3230
twaskey@fs.fed.us 
Description: FS proposes to authorize TSV to develop 2 new chairlifts, 2 new gladed runs, a snowtubing area, mtn biking & snowshoeing trails, & new turnaround at the base area, as well as reconfigure several of the parking lots, within existing permit area.
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/project_content.php?project=34310
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - T. 27 N, R. 14 E, Sec. 9, 15, 16, 21. TSV is a downhill ski area located in the Sangre de Cristo Mtns, about 20 miles NE of Taos, NM, at the terminus of SR 150, on the Rio Hondo, in Taos Co.
Travel Management on the Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest
EA
- Road management  In Progress:
Scoping Start 01/31/2009
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
04/2011 Jack Carpenter
505-758-6221
jdcarpenter@fs.fed.us 
Description: Designation of roads open to motorized public travel, closure of roads to motorized public travel. Elimination of cross-country motorized travel.Forest Plan amendment would be required. EA is estimated to go out for 30-day comment in 06/2010.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - land area north of Taos, NM adjacent to Red River and Questa, New Mexico. Questa Ranger District, Carson National Forest, northern New Mexico.
Upper Bitter Creek Project
EA
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products
- Vegetation management (other than forest products)
- Fuels management
- Watershed management 
In Progress:
Scoping Start 10/27/2010
Est. 215 Comment Period Legal Notice 02/2011 
Expected:03/2011
 
09/2011 Timothy Fruits
505-758-6312
tfruits@fs.fed.us 
Description: Project will address forest and watershed health issues, improvements to wildlife habitat, provide traditional use forest products, maintain heathy vegetation characteristics that allow resistance to wildfire, insect and disease outbreaks.
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. LEGAL - R.15E./T.30N. -Sec.31,32,33 and R.15E./T.29N.- Sec.3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,15,16,17,18,20. Headwaters of 3 watersheds, all tributaries of the Red River WS, including Bitter Creek, Cabresto Creek, Mallette Creek, has some common boundary with VV Unit and RCLA.
Valle Vidal Forest Plan Amendment
EA
- Land management planning  In Progress:
Notice of Initiation 06/14/2005 
Expected:05/2011
 
10/2011 Audrey Kuykendall
575-758-6212
akuykendall@fs.fed.us 
Description: Amendment to the Forest Plan to include the Valle Vidal Unit
Web Link:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/planning
Location: UNIT - Questa Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Colfax, Taos. LEGAL - T 29,30 N, R 15,16,17 E, NMPM. Valle Vidal Unit, Carson National Forest between Costilla and Cimarron, New Mexico.
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Carson National Forest,   Tres Piedras Ranger District (excluding Projects occurring in more than one District)

R3 - Southwestern Region  
Project Name Project Purpose Planning Status Decision Expected Implementation Project Contact
Cerro Azul Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Sandra Imler-Jacquez
575-581-4554
sandraimlerjacquez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Range Allotment Analysis and Assessment of Grazing Management for the Cerro Azul Allotment
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Cerro Azul Allotment, Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest.
Lungstrums Small Tract Act application
CE
- Special use management  On Hold  N/A  N/A Ray Martinez
505-684-2489
rjmartinez@fs.fed.us 
Description: Small Tracts Act
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Taos. Tres Piedras Ranger District.
Tio Grande and Tanques Creeks Fish Barriers
CE
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants  On Hold  N/A  N/A Donna Storch
505-758-6204
dstorch@fs.fed.us 
Description: Reconstruction of existing fish barriers on Tio Grande Creek and Tanques Creek to protect Rio Grande Cutthroat trout populations.
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Tres Piedras Ranger District ,Tio Grande Above private lands (fr 87) at forest boundary, Tanques Canyon at FR 93 road closure.
Tusas Grazing Allotment
EA
- Grazing management  In Progress:
215 Comment Period Legal Notice 04/09/2009 
Expected:03/2011
 
07/2011 Lucy Maldonado
505-758-6255
lgmaldonado@fs.fed.us 
Description: Range allotments analysis and assessment of grazing management
Location: UNIT - Tres Piedras Ranger District. STATE - New Mexico. COUNTY - Rio Arriba. Central portion of Tres Piedras Ranger District.
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This report contains the best available information at the time of publication. Questions may be directed to the Project Contact.