Norway Beach Recreation Area draft environmental assessment released

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BLACKDUCK, Minn. (Oct. 10, 2017) – The Blackduck Ranger District of the Chippewa National Forest has released the draft environmental assessment, draft decision and finding of no significant impact for the Norway Beach Recreation Area – Campground Rehabilitation Project.

Blackduck District Ranger Karen L. Lessard selected Alternative 2, which addresses accessibility, health and safety, and maintenance issues with restroom and related facilities; install electric service to campsites in the Norway Beach Loop, modify some sites to accommodate groups, decommission historically low, to no-use campsites and modify the Cass Lake Loop to rustic-style camping.

The project area is located on the southeastern shore of Cass Lake, in Township 145 North, Range 30 West, in Sections 8, 17, and 18, Minnesota 5th Meridian, in Cass County, Minn. Access to the Norway Beach Recreation Area is by Norway Beach Road (Forest Road 2171).

This project is subject to the objection process pursuant to Forest Service regulations 36 CFR 218. This is a non-HFRA project. An objection must be filed within 45 days (by 11:59 p.m.) from the date of a legal notice published in the Blackduck American newspaper. More information about objection requirements is available at the Blackduck Ranger District office and at the website listed below.

The Norway Beach Recreation Area – Campground Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment, draft decision and finding of no significant impact are available for public review at the Blackduck Ranger District office, 417 Forestry Drive, Blackduck, MN, 56630, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

These documents are also available on the Chippewa National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/projects/chippewa/landmanagement/projects.

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