The Watauga Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest is requesting comments on the Sink Mountain Recreation Improvement Environmental Assessment (EA). Responding to this request for comments is your opportunity to participate. Specific written comments as defined by 36 CFR 218.2 should be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the responsible official to consider. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in Johnson City Press (Johnson City, TN).

Specific written comments should be sent to: Keith Kelley, 4400 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, TN 37692. The district office has been closed to the public during the pandemic. If submitting by hand, please call (423) 534-8744 to arrange for a staff member to receive your comment. More detailed information may be found on the web at [  https://www.fs.usda.gov/land/cherokee/landmanagement ]( https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fs.usda.gov%2Fland%2Fcherokee%2Flandmanagement&data=04%7C01%7C%7Ca409da06e0494da40da008d90a597ba9%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637552201938280228%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=rBzU14NqeQKdhkT79QF8mtReqqYieZruEj%2B4DP46rsI%3D&reserved=0 ). Comments may be mailed electronically in a common digital format to [ SM.FS.r8cherwatcom@usda.gov ]( https://usdagcc.sharepoint.com/sites/FS-WO-CSA1/Mercury/Work%20Library/FY%202019%20-%20446074/SM.FS.r8cherwatcom@usda.gov ).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.7(a)(2), this proposed project implements the land management plan and is subject to the administrative reviews process at §218 subparts A and B. An objection period, if required, will follow the regulation found in §218.7. For objection eligibility (§218.5), only those who have submitted timely, specific written comments during any designated opportunity for public comment may file an objection. Issues to be raised in objections must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project and attributed to the objector, unless the issue is based on new information that arose after a designated opportunity to comment (§218.8(c)).

Thank you for your interest in the Cherokee National Forest.