This Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) has been prepared for the proposed ATV Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra Project (“proposed Project” or alternatively, “the Project”) by Inyo County. The Final EIR consists of the June 2014 Draft EIR, comments received during the 45-day public comment period, responses to those comments, and changes to the text of the Draft EIR. Note that this Final EIR incorporates the Draft EIR by reference, and the Draft EIR can be found at the following link: http://www.inyocounty.us/ab628/DraftEnvironmentalImpactReport.htm
This Final EIR has been prepared for the County pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (California Public Resources Code, Section 21000 et seq.) and in accordance with the Guidelines for the Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15000 et seq.). The State CEQA Guidelines stipulate that an EIR must be prepared for any project that may have a significant impact on the environment. The proposed ATV Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra is a “project” as defined by the Guidelines. Upon preliminary review, the County determined that the proposed Project may have significant effects on the environment and, therefore, an EIR has been prepared. The County is the Lead Agency for the proposal and the City of Bishop (“City”) is a CEQA-responsible agency because the Project is located on existing streets and roads that are part of the maintained mileage system of County and the City.
The Final EIR will be used by the County as part of its approval process, including determining appropriate routes for approval, and incorporating mitigation measures for project implementation.