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Wayne National Forest extends comments on Sunny Oaks

February 7, 2019

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Due to a lapse in federal funding that caused a partial government shutdown, the Wayne National Forest has extended the deadline for public feedback for the Sunny Oaks Project on the Ironton Ranger District in southeast Ohio.

The project is located east of State Route (SR) 93, west of SR 141, north of the community of Aid, and south of the community of Oak Hill. The project area is located in parts of Jackson, Gallia and Lawrence counties.

Because the government was partially shut down when the comment period was set to end, District Ranger Tim Slone has decided to extend the period to Feb. 14.

“Leading up to the original end of the comment period there was no staff here able to take calls or answer any questions the public may have had about the project,” said Ranger Slone.

“In order to remedy the difficulty the public may have faced in submitting meaningful comments, I’ve decided we will continue to take comments on the environmental assessment for Sunny Oaks through Feb. 14. Those that submit comments by Feb. 14 following the procedures already established in the original legal notice announcing the comment period will be considered as having submitted timely comments.”

The original legal notice was published in the Ironton Tribune on Dec. 13 and can be found online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/wayne/landmanagement/projects. Click on the Sunny Oaks Project title.

For more information about the Wayne National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow us on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and Facebook.

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