Public Notice

Monongahela National Forest and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Zayo Fiberoptic Telecommunications Line Project

The Monongahela National Forest (MNF) and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (GWJNF) request comments on the proposed Zayo fiberoptic telecommunications line. The project proposes to cross 3.1 miles (3.78 acres calculated by 10’corridor width) of the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District on the MNF in Tucker County, West Virignia. On the GWJNF the project proposes to cross 2.9 miles (3.5 acres) in Hardy County West Virginia and 1 mile (1.2 acres) in Frederick County, Virginia on the Lee Ranger District. The project seeks to meet a growing need for increasing wireless connectivity in areas of West Virginia and Virginia. The fiberoptic line is proposed largely to be colocated in existing highway right of ways. The proposal is consistent with both the 2014 George Washington National
Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan and the 2006 Monongahela National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan.

The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to predecisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

Project documents are available on-line at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59879. Due to COVID-19, the Supervisor’s office is not open to the public. Customer service is being offered by phone or electronic communication. Additional information can be obtained from: Jessie Howard, Team Leader, by phone (540)-265-5130, or by e-mail jessie.howard@usda.gov.

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in The Roanoke Times and The Inter-Mountain. This legal notice will publish in both papers on the same day. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR 218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR 218.24(b)(6)). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner.

Comments, including attachments, may be submitted electronically to:
https://cara.ecosystemmanagement.org/Public/Commentlnput?Project=59879. Electronic comments may be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx), portable document files (.pdf), or in rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or hypertext markup language (.html). Written comments must be mailed to Joby Timm, Forest Supervisor at 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request 36 CFR ยง218.24(b)(8).

Please state “Zayo Fiberoptic Project” in the subject line when providing electronic comments or on the envelope when replying by mail.