Availability of Tracy Placer DEIS for 45-day Comment Period - No Enclosure

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United States Forest Rogue River-Siskiyou Wild Rivers Ranger District Department of Service National Forest 26568 Redwood Hwy Agriculture Cave Junction, OR 97523 File Code: 1950-3-1 Date: March 10, 2009 Dear National Forest Stakeholder: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Tracy Placer Mining Project is now available for your review. I invite your review of those predicted effects, the alternatives considered and other information presented in this Draft EIS and I welcome your specific feedback on the adequacy of the statement or the merits of alternatives discussed or both. This Draft EIS has been prepared because Mr. Clifford Tracy (the applicant requesting approval of a plan of operations) proposes to exercise his exclusive right to mine for gold a 4.75-acre (approx.) placer deposit within his mining claim (ORMC 159735). The proposed surface mine is located along the south bank of Sucker Creek, about 11 miles southeast of Cave Junction. The proclaimed boundary of the Siskiyou National Forest encompasses all proposed mining excavations within Mr. Tracy’s claim, as well as the access road to the mine site, and all operations would be conducted on National Forest System lands (within Josephine County). The legal description for the proposed placer mine is the NW 1/4 of Section 19, Township 40 South, Range 6 West, Willamette Meridian. As proposed, gold mining operations would span as many as five years, with ...

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United States Forest Rogue River-Siskiyou Wild Rivers Ranger District
Department of Service National Forest 26568 Redwood Hwy
Agriculture Cave Junction, OR 97523

File Code: 1950-3-1
Date: March 10, 2009





Dear National Forest Stakeholder:
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Tracy Placer Mining Project is now
available for your review. I invite your review of those predicted effects, the alternatives
considered and other information presented in this Draft EIS and I welcome your specific
feedback on the adequacy of the statement or the merits of alternatives discussed or both.

This Draft EIS has been prepared because Mr. Clifford Tracy (the applicant requesting approval
of a plan of operations) proposes to exercise his exclusive right to mine for gold a 4.75-acre
(approx.) placer deposit within his mining claim (ORMC 159735). The proposed surface mine is
located along the south bank of Sucker Creek, about 11 miles southeast of Cave Junction. The
proclaimed boundary of the Siskiyou National Forest encompasses all proposed mining
excavations within Mr. Tracy’s claim, as well as the access road to the mine site, and all
operations would be conducted on National Forest System lands (within Josephine County). The
legal description for the proposed placer mine is the NW 1/4 of Section 19, Township 40 South,
Range 6 West, Willamette Meridian. As proposed, gold mining operations would span as many
as five years, with work proposed to begin later this year.

The Draft EIS and Appendices may be directly accessed through the Rogue River-Siskiyou
National Forest web site. The internet address where these documents are located is:
www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/projects/planning/index.shtml. Should you prefer a printed or
CD copy of the Draft EIS, one may be requested from the Wild Rivers Ranger District office in
Cave Junction or from the Grants Pass Interagency Office.

The formal 45-day period allotted for comments on the Draft EIS is set to begin soon. You will
need to respond to the Draft EIS within this 45-day period for your comments to be considered
for preparation of the Final EIS. The 45-day period for submission of EIS comments is offered
under the provisions of 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 215, Notice, Comment and
Appeal Procedures for National Forest System Projects and Activities.

The opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS begins with publication of the EIS Notice of
thAvailability in the Federal Register and ends on the 45 day following the publication date. The
estimated date of publication in the Federal Register is Friday, March 20, 2009. The Federal
Register notice may be obtained on the World Wide Web at:
www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont09.html or a copy of the notice may be requested at
Forest Service offices in Cave Junction or Grants Pass. The Federal Register Notice of
Availability, which specifies the comment period end date, will be published in the “Notices”
section under the “Environmental Protection Agency” heading.

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To be constructive in helping us complete this environmental analysis, submitted comments need
to meet the information requirements defined at 40 CFR § 1503.3(a) and 36 CFR § 215.6(a)(3).
As indicated above, your letter or other form of response must be post-marked on or before the
end date of the comment period to receive consideration. Please address your comments to John
Wells, Environmental Coordinator, Wild Rivers Ranger District, 26568 Redwood Highway,
Cave Junction, Oregon, 97523.

Should electronic mailing be more convenient, you may send your comments via facsimile to
(541) 592-4010 or to the following e-mail address: comments-pacificnorthwest-siskiyou-
wildrivers@fs.fed.us. The subject line of your facsimile or e-mail must contain the following
title, Tracy Placer Mining Comments, to associate your submission correctly as a response to the
Tracy Placer Mining Project. Comments also may be hand delivered to 26568 Redwood
Highway. Office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM,
Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For questions, please contact John Wells at (541)
592-4051 or me at (541) 592-4001.

I appreciate your interest in the public lands and resources within the Wild Rivers Ranger
District!

Sincerely,

Joel T. King

JOEL T. KING
District Ranger