Public Comment Wanted on Proposed Telecommunication Facilities
The National Park Service is assisting the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to notify the public about a state proposal to construct and operate emergency telecommunication facilities in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. The State is accepting comments until January 29, 2018, on a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the relocation of the Red Mountain communication site in Six Rivers National Forest. The NPS is seeking comments on the proposals in the DEIR that would affect lands and resources in Redwood National Park.
The Red Mountain tower is located in Del Note County in an area of cultural significance to Yurok and Tolowa peoples. The tower and associated facilities are authorized under a special-use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. State-owned facilities must be removed from Red Mountain when the permit expires on December 31, 2022.
The Red Mountain tower is used by Del Norte and Humboldt counties, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Department of Transportation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and the NPS to communicate information about emergency response requirements, emergency alerts, fire hazards, and other natural and man-made hazards that could threaten lives and property in the region.
A combination of several sites is needed to provide a level of radio service equivalent to Red Mountain coverage. Five sites are evaluated in the DEIR. Rattlesnake Peak and Alder Camp are in Del Norte County. In Humboldt County, two Green Diamond Resource Company sites in the Big Lagoon area, a site near Orick, and Rodgers Peak in Redwood National Park are being considered. The State is proposing a combination of three sites: Rodgers Peak in the national park, Rattlesnake Peak, and Alder Camp.
The NPS is participating in the environmental review because the proposed tower site at Rodgers Peak is in Redwood National Park. The state would be required to obtain a right-of-way permit from the NPS to install a tower in the national park.
The State is accepting comments on the DEIR until January 29, 2018. The DEIR is available for review on the California Department of General Services website at http://www.dgs.ca.gov/resd/Programs/EnvironmentalServicesSection/CaliforniaEnvironmentalQualityAct.aspx.
You can request a CD copy of the document at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests to the State for a CD or comments via email should include “Red Mountain Project” in the subject line. You may also review and comment on the national park portion of the proposed project by accessing the NPS planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RodgersPeak.
The state will hold two public meetings to present the proposed project and accept comments on the DEIR. The meetings will be an open house style with stations set up for attendees to obtain information about the project and discuss concerns with project staff.
Meetings will be held in Arcata and Klamath January 10 and 11, 2018, from 3pm to 7pm each day.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 3pm to 7 pm
Arcata Community Center
321 Community Park Way, Arts and Crafts Room,
Arcata CA 95521
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 3pm to 7pm
Klamath Community Center
219 Salmon Road
Klamath CA 95543