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Public input on Ouachita forest roads sought



The OuachitaNational Forest "? which stretches across the Arkansas border in southeastern Oklahoma --  is installing a road and trail system for year-round public access, and seeks public input on what kind of motor vehicle routes should be developed.


"We have heard from the public, members of Congress and off-highway vehicle groups about the proposed changes," Forest Supervisor Norm Wagoner said in a statement. "We have decided to extend the comment period until July 27th to allow additional time for people to provide their input on what they would like to see designated for various types of motor use."



The public is invited to come to U.S. Forest Service offices during normal business hours to discuss routes and view maps of the southeastern Oklahoma forest.


Additionally, a meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. July 12, at the Talihina office, 52523 U.S. Hwy 271, for those who cannot make it during the day.


"Comments received throughout the comment period will be utilized in the formation of a proposed action, " Wagoner said. "When we issue the specific proposed action, most likely in January 2008, we will offer additional public involvement opportunities."


The route designations will become official on Sept. 30, 2008, when new maps are published. "CJ Macklin


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