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      Public Meetings to be Held to Review Travel Management on Bessey Ranger District

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      Public meetings have been planned to receive input concerning the motorized access available for the McKelvie National Forest and the Bessey Ranger District.

      The U.S. Forest Service has release plans to improve motorized access in these two areas for all users. Comments on the proposal will be accepted for 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the North Platte Telegraph.

      The project is expected to be implemented in February of 2014 with the publication of a new Motor Vehicle Use Map.

      "We areexcited to begin this process of responding to comments and requests we'vereceived over the last several years. The project is aimed at improvingmotorized access in several areas of Bessey and McKelvie for generalrecreation, hunting and fishing," said Tim Buskirk, Bessey District Ranger. "Weplan to hold several public meetings so folks can learn more about proposedchanges, review maps and share their thoughts."

      The meetings will provide the only opportunity to comment on this project.

      Plannedpublic meetings will be held:

      • Thedford: March 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Brahmer's Steakhouse, 39359 Hwy 2, Thedford, NE, 69166
      • Grand Island: March 20 from 3-7 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Hotel Riverside, 3333 Ramada Rd, Grand Island, NE 68801
      • Valentine: March 21 from 3-6 p.m. at the Niobrara Lodge, 803 East Highway 20, Valentine, NE 69201
      • Alliance: March 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Alliance City Library, 1750 Sweetwater Ave, Alliance, NE 69301

      To view maps and information for the proposed plan, stop by the Bessey Ranger District office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

      Information can also be viewedat www.fs.fed.us/r2/nebraska, or contact Stephani Rust at 308-432-0324 or by email at sdrust@fs.fed.us.

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