Comment period on Sunny Oaks Project extended

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest will extend the deadline for public comment on the Sunny Oaks Project on the Ironton Ranger District in Southeast Ohio because of the government shutdown, a forest official said on Friday.

Located east of Ohio 93, west of Ohio 141, north of Aid and south of Oak Hill in parts of Jackson, Gallia and Lawrence counties, the project will create young, brushy forests composed mostly of oaks and hickories, respond to insect and disease threats, contribute to local economies through commercial timber harvests and habitat for wildlife and plants that is lacking in the area.

The 30-day comment period was originally set to end Monday. However, because of the shutdown, the comment period will be extended past the end of the shutdown, Jon Kazmierski, acting forest supervisor, said on Friday.

Until the shutdown is over, an end date for the comment period cannot be announced, he said.

“I understand that some people may have been concerned or uncertain about what to do in this circumstance,” Kazmierski said. “As soon as we have more information we will share it with the public.”

The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.