State of California, Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) applied for a right-of-way (ROW) from the NPS for telecommunication uses in Redwood National Park. CalOES needs to replace a site on USFS lands that will be closed in 2022. The current site houses a telecommunication facility needed for emergency and public safety communications.
Cal OES has prepared a draft environmental impact report (dEIR/EA) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the relocation of the Red Mountain communication site located on USFS lands in Del Norte County, California. Cal OES has identified several sites needed to provide equivalent level of service coverage for federal, state and local law enforcement, transportation and resource agencies for year-round communications in the region for public safety and emergency services. Two of the alternatives analyzed in the dEIR/EA require use of Redwood National Park land in two different locations. The environmentally preferred alternative in the dEIR/EA does not require use of NPS land. NPS has participated in the environmental review to satisfy federal requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to ensure that the dEIR/EA adequately addresses potential impacts on park land and that the administrative record supports any required NPS decision to issue a ROW.
The draft EIR/EA will be available for public review from Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 29, 2018. The document is also available on this site under "Open for Comment."
You may access the document on the State of California website at http://www.dgs.ca.gov/resd/Programs/EnvironmentalServicesSection/CaliforniaEnvironmentalQualityAct.aspx
You may submit comments on the document or request a CD copy by email at email@example.com, subject line "Red Mountain Project".
NPS ROW permit for Rodgers Peak telecommunication tower:
State of California Relocation of Red Mountain Telecommunication Site:
State of California Dept. of General Services