EIS Being Created for Superior Forest “School Trust” Land Exchange

A Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be published in the Federal Register for the School Trust Land Exchange within the Superior National Forest. The US Forest Service received over 1,600 comment letters and hosted five open houses February–May 2015 during the scoping period for the School Trust Land Exchange. This project would exchange federal Superior National Forest lands located outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for State of Minnesota land located inside the BWCAW. An EIS will be published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2015.

Project Info.,
including a copy of the Notice of Intent and pertinent info. on the project.

You can still provide comments—by Sept. 30
To Chip Weber, Acting Forest Supervisor; ATTN: School Trust Land Exchange Project
If you have any additional scoping comments on the School Trust Land Exchange, please submit them by September 30, 2015.
• Electronic comments via email plain text to: comments-eastern-superior@fs.fed.us
• Fax comments to 218-626-4398
• Oral comments in person 8am–4:30pm Forest Headquarters Mon–Fri or by calling 218-626-4368
• Written comments to:

Chip Weber, Acting Forest Supervisor
Attn: School Trust Land Exchange
Forest Headquarters
8901 Grand Ave. Place
Duluth, MN 55808

Next Steps
The scoping comments received during the February–May 2015 scoping period are being considered as part of the project record and provide standing to object per requirements in the Forest Service objection regulations at 36 CFR 218. The Notice of Intent provides information on how to submit scoping comments.

The next step in the environmental review process for the School Trust Land Exchange will be the publication of a Draft EIS, anticipated for early 2016.