State officials are seeking public comment on the proposed relocation of an emergency communications site currently on Red Mountain, an area of cultural significance for Yurok and Tolowa.

A draft environmental impact report from the California Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of General Services states that a combination of sites is needed for a similar level of service the Red Mountain site provided, according to a joint press release from CalOES and the National Park Service.

The state proposes using Rodgers Peak in Redwood National park, Rattlesnake Peak and Alder Camp in Del Norte County, according to the press release. The report is evaluating three additional sites including two Green Diamond Resource Company sites near Big Lagoon and a site near Orick.

The state would need a right-of-way permit to install a tower in the national park, according to the press release.

The tower site on Red Mountain is authorized under a special-use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The facilities must be removed from Red Mountain when the permit expires on Dec. 31, 2022.

The Red Mountain tower is used by Del Norte and Humboldt counties, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Department of Transportation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. It relays emergency information about natural and man-made hazards in the region.

The state will hold two public meetings to present the proposed project and accept comments on the environmental impact report 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 10 in at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Klamath Community Center, 219 Salmon Road. The meetings will be held open house style with stations set up for attendees to obtain information about the project and discuss concerns with staff.

The state is also accepting comments on the draft environmental impact report until Jan. 29. The report is available for review at the California Department of General Services website, http://www.dgs.ca.gov/resd/Programs/EnvironmentalServicesSection/CaliforniaEnvironmentalQualityAct.aspx.

A CD copy of the document can be obtained by emailing environmental@dgs.ca.gov. Requests should include Red Mountain Project in the subject line.

The public can also review and comment on the national park portion of the project by visiting http://parkplanning.nps.gov/RodgersPeak. class="Apple-converted-space">

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