Additional Comment Method On FCRNRW Hot Tubs

River Runners for Wilderness wishes to thank a diligent reader for discovering an email comment form that could be used for commenting on the hot tub proposal outlined below. It is not specifically mentioned as a method, but given the short time frame, could substitute for lack of access to a fax. We recommend that you specify FCRNRW HOT TUB PROPOSAL in the subject line:

Date: February 18, 2004

Dear Interested Public:

The Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is beginning the environmental analysis process in response to a request for use of hot tubs in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The proposal is to set up a hot tub in three different locations on the Krassel Ranger District: Cabin Creek in T21N, R12E, Section 24, and Mile Hi in T21N, R12E, Section 16, in Valley County, and Cold Meadows in T23N, RI 2E, Section 35, in Idaho County.

Hot tubs would be temporary structures that would be set up in the spring and taken down in the fall. Each hot tub holds 1250 gallons and the water would be heated with a submergible "Snorkel" wood stove. Water would be allowed to cool before it is drained and tubs would be refilled on an average of every three days. No soap or chemicals would be used in hot tubs.

We are conducting scoping for issues the environmental analysis should address. If you wish to participate, please contact us so that we may keep you informed. Please send us your comments or concerns by March 5, 2004. If you respond by this date you may be assured that your comments will be incorporated into the environmental analysis process.

Comments received in response to this letter, including names and addresses, will be considered part of the public record on this proposal and will be available for public review.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Clem Pope, at (208) 634-0600. Please send your comments to: Quinn Carver, District Ranger, Krassel Ranger District, PO Box 1026, McCall, Idaho 83638; call (208) 634-0600 or fax (208) 634-0634. Thank you for taking the time to assist us in managing your National Forest.


District Ranger