Effort looks at summer recreational opportunities

K.M. Cannon / Las Vegas Review-Journal
David Wignall, 72, of Las Vegas, walks along the Bristlecone Trail at Lee Canyon in Mount Charleston, northwest of Las Vegas, on Monday, September 23, 2019. Lee Canyon / Pahrump Valley Times Archive Special
The addition of summer recreational opportunities will also allow the use of infrastructure throughout the season of the ski area to expose visitors to the National Forest System’s lands through various types of recreation, the Forest Service said. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest published the draft Lee Canyon master development plan of the decision and the final environmental impact statement for a formal objection period of 45 days.
The final environmental impact statement analyzed the possible environmental effects of improving the winter and summer recreational opportunities available at the Lee Canyon ski area in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, near Pahrump.
The purpose of the project is to update and renovate the infrastructure of the ski area to meet the current standards and expectations of the current recreational market and develop recreational opportunities throughout the year to meet the growing demand for recreationalists of various types and skill levels, he said. the US Forest Service UU.
New facilities under the Bristlecone Trail Alternative will improve aged base area structures with modern replacements that provide expanded services. Together with an expanded ski terrain, new ski lifts and improved parking, these improvements in the base area will balance the capabilities of the ski area at levels that meet the demands of the growing population of Las Vegas and the region.
The addition of summer recreational opportunities will also allow the use of local ski area infrastructure throughout the season to expose visitors to the National Forest System’s lands through various types of recreation, the Forest Service said. Opportunities will include the enjoyment of the high mountain environment from the base area or hiking trails, the challenge of mountain biking downhill on trails of all levels of difficulty and excitement for all ages on the roller coaster and zip line, said the forest service.
The forest supervisor selected the Bristlecone trail alternative, announced the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
“The Bristlecone Trail alternative takes into account comments received during the outreach period and provides recreation throughout the year, while minimizing impacts on cultural and natural resources,” said forest supervisor Bill Dunkelberger in a statement.
Objections will be accepted for 45 days after the publication of the legal notice in the Reno Gazette Journal. The publication date is the only means to calculate the time to file an objection. Objections will be accepted from anyone who has previously submitted specific written comments during the designated comment periods. The issues raised in the objections should be based on previously submitted comments, unless it is based on new information that arises after the designated opportunities to comment, the Forest Service said.
Project documents can be found on the web at bit.ly/32kxgGz
Objections should be sent to the Review Officer, US Forest Service. UU. From the Intermountain Region, 324 25th Street, Ogden UT, 84401, or surrender personally during normal business hours from 8 a.m. at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Facsimiles can be sent to 801-625-5277.
Electronic objections should be sent in a format such as an email, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf) or Word (.doc) to: objections-intermtn-regional-office @ fs .fed. us
Put “Lee Canyon Ski Project” in the subject line.
For more information on this project, contact Jonathan Stein, director of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Project, at 702-515-5418 or jonathan.stein@usda.gov

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