RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Brainerd Dispatch:
Crow Wing County announced an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) has been prepared for a proposed expansion to the Fools Lake Campground & RV Park, which is a 65-acre facility adjacent to Fools Lake, in Sections 24 and 25 of Mission Township in Crow Wing County.
The campground currently consists of 12 primitive and 20 modern campsites. The proposed expansion will create 36 additional modern campsites. An EAW is required for Fools Lake Campground & RV Park because the campground expansion is more than the threshold of 25 sites for a lake classified as natural environment according to Minnesota rules.
An EAW is a document which is designed to set out the basic facts necessary to determine whether an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required for a proposed action. The purpose of the EAW process is to disclose information about potential environmental impacts of a project. The worksheet contains 31 questions focusing on the project’s environmental setting, the potential for environmental harm, and plans to reduce the harm.
Public comments on the EAW will be accepted at a public hearing during the Crow Wing County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Meeting at 5 p.m. May 17 on the third floor of the historic courthouse. Comments may also be submitted: in writing to Crow Wing County Land Services Department, Environmental Services Division, 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN 56401 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public may review the EAW at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, online at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us or request a copy on CD. All comments must be received by May 30. A decision on the need for an EIS will be made by the Crow Wing County Board on June 12.
From the Chico Enterprise-Record:
The Plumas National Forest near Quincy, Calif., has closed a portion of Wyandotte Campground and an area near Little Grass Valley Reservoir because of bald eagles nesting in the area.
The closure area includes the north loop of the Wyandotte Campground, accessed by roads 22N57YA and B, the shoreline of Little Grass Valley Reservoir surrounding it and the area in between on the southern section of the reservoir.
The closure will last until July 15.
This measure has been taken by the forest agency for the past 17 years, and experts say it has helped a bald eagle pair to nest and raise young.
The birds, recently delisted from the Endangered Species Act, are still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.