14-058 Corps invites public comments on lower Snake River planting plan environmental assessment

Published Aug. 13, 2014
SNAKE RIVER, Wash. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District invites public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Lower Snake River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Plan Wildlife Riparian Habitat Planting Plan. Comments are due by Aug. 28.

The Corps is proposing to plant up to 200 additional acres of high-quality, self-sustaining riparian habitat within Habitat Management Units (HMU) and other sites located along the lower Snake River on Corps-managed federal lands to create or enhance wildlife habitat. The intent of this action is to help meet wildlife mitigation requirements in the Lower Snake River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Plan. Proposed planting could be done in Asotin, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Whitman and Walla Walla counties, along the banks of the lower Snake River.

The Compensation Plan directed that lands on the lower Snake River, plus other lands purchased and leased in adjacent areas of southeast Washington, be developed for terrestrial wildlife habitat. As a result, approximately 25,000 acres of Corps lands along the lower Snake River were set aside for this purpose. Another 24,000 acres of lands were purchased or leased for terrestrial wildlife habitat development and angler access.

The Corps prepared a Environmental Assessment (EA) to address potential effects associated with implementation of the planting plan. As part of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, the Corps is inviting public comment on the EA and draft FONSI. The Corps is required to consider all comments received. The EA and draft FONSI are available on the Corps website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Projects/LSRWildlifeHabitatPlanting.aspx.

Public comments must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil; or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CENWW-PD-EC, ATTN: Environmental Compliance LSR Planting EA, 201 North 3rd Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

NOTE TO MEDIA: All media queries should go to Walla Walla District Public Affairs at 509-527-7020
or cenww-pa@usace.army.mil, and not to the public comments email address.

Public Affairs Office

Release no. 14-058