Enoree Ranger District hosting public meeting in Chester

January 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — The U.S. Forest Service Enoree Ranger District is proposing the Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration-Enhancement Project and intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to address its potential effects.

The objective of this project is to restore and enhance the hydrologic and aquatic functions within four watersheds located on Sumter National Forest system lands in Chester County.

The project would restore the riparian function in these areas, stabilizing current stream systems and reestablishing the natural stream and related habitat forming processes.

This proposal is consistent with the 2004 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan, Sumter National Forest that provides goals and objectives for the project area.

The U.S. Forest Service will host an “open house” Stream Restoration Information Meeting to inform, educate, and seek early public input on the issues and potential resources affected by the project. A period for formal comments will be provided once the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Scoping Notice is issued in spring 2014.

The public meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the West Chester Community Center, 2584 West Chester School Road in Chester. U.S. Forest Service staff will describe the project and answer questions from individuals or groups.

Interested parties who would like to receive future meeting notifications or related documents prepared under the NEPA process can sign up for the mailing list at the meeting, or write to the following address:

Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests

Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project

4931 Broad River Road

Columbia, SC 29212