Letter to the Editor

Let your voice be heard on Butler Hollow project

Friday, December 19, 2014

I have heard the term "Speak now or forever hold your peace" at weddings, but am realizing now that this also applies to the Butler Hollow Project involving 18,000-plus acres of Mark

Twain National Forest. The notification letter (http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mtnf/projects) states that only those who submit timely specific written comments during this 30-day period (which ends MONDAY DECEMBER 22) will be eligible to file an objection in the future. The official notice

was filed in a newspaper in Springfield last month, so the 30-day time limit will be next week.

Regardless of a person's opinion on this project, I would like to see them have an opportunity to voice their concerns. Even though the project is named "Butler Hollow Project" the boundary description includes areas near Roaring River State Park, Highway 86, Sugar Camp National Scenic Byway near Eagle Rock, White River upstream to the Missouri-Arkansas state line, and Cassville. Specific areas and maps are listed on the website under the Butler Hollow Project.

I spoke with Allen Weathersbee at the Mark Twain National Forest District office last week and he stated that you can submit your information via email, fax, letter or phone call. You

need to include your name, address, contact information, the title of the project and the reason you are concerned (wildlife concerns, beauty of the forest, waste of timberland, hunting, hiking, environmental concerns, family homestead area). He stated it is also helpful to list any possible alternative plans or suggestions. Once you comment, you will automatically be placed on a mailing list regarding this project. Signing a petition will not guarantee that you are put on a mailing list, so it is best to write, fax, email, or call.

Having such a short notice to obtain specific details, prompted me to submit my name, contact information and concerns in case I would wish to voice my opinion later.

I am encouraging citizens to submit their information before the deadline MONDAY, DECEMBER 22nd.

Thank you,

Jo Nell Corn

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Editor's Note: Comments can be submitted and additional information on this project may be obtained in a

number of ways:

1. In person, or by telephone: Contact Allen Weathersbee at the Mark Twain National Forest, Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs District Office, Rt. 6, Box 614110, Ava, Mo., 65608 during business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m), or at 417-683-4428 ext. 131.

2. In writing: Contact Joe Koloski -- District Ranger, Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs RangerDistrict, Rt. 6, Box 614110, Ava, Mo. 65608. Attention: Butler Hollow Project.

3. Facsimile request: Address to Joe Koloski -- District Ranger at 417-683-5722. Please specify Butler Hollow Project on the subject line.

4. E-mail responses: comments-eastern-mark-twain-ava@fs.fed.us. Please specify Butler Hollow Project on the subject line.