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ALASKA - Chugach National Forest Begins Forest Plan Revision

February 06, 2013 9:23 PM

Chugach National Forest officials have announced that they are beginning the first phase of a three year planning process to revise the 2002 forest plan under a new National Forest System Planning Rule. The forest plan provides direction for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, historic and sacred sites, vegetation, mineral exploration and development, and timber. During phase one, also known as the "assessment," the Forest Service will identify and evaluate existing information about ecological, economic and 

 

ALASKA - Chugach National Forest Begins Forest Plan Revision

Dear Action Alert Subscribers,
Chugach National Forest officials have announced that they are beginning the first phase of a three year planning process to revise the 2002 forest plan under a new National Forest System Planning Rule. The forest plan provides direction for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, historic and sacred sites, vegetation, mineral exploration and development, and timber.

During phase one, also known as the "assessment," the Forest Service will identify and evaluate existing information about ecological, economic and social conditions and trends related to the Forest and South-central Alaska. The resulting assessment report will provide a solid base of current information for phases two, drafting the revised plan and developing an environmental impact statement (EIS), and three, developing a monitoring strategy.

The public is invited to learn more about the process and provide feedback at nine Forest Planning Forums across the region.

During the forums, the Forest Service will ask:
         •  How the public uses the forest now, how might use and users change over the next fifteen years
         • What the public sees as emerging issues and trends
         • How the public can best be involved in the revision process

Meeting Dates:

Thursday, February 7, 2013   
          Alaska Forum on the Environment, Dena'ina Center (Anchorage), 9:00-10:30 am
Wednesday, February 20, 2013   
          Girdwood Community Center, 6:30-9:00 pm
Thursday, February 21, 2013   
          Seward Public Library, 6:30-9:00 pm
          Soldotna Sports Center, 6:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013   
          Chugach National Forest Supervisor's Office (Anchorage), 10:00am-12:30pm
Monday, February 25, 2013   
          Cooper Landing Community Center, 6:30-9:00 pm
          Moose Pass Community Hall, 6:30-9:00 pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
          Cordova Masonic Hall, 6:30-9:00 pm
Thursday, February 28, 2013
          Prince William Sound Community College (Valdez), 6:30-9:00 pm

For more information, please visit:
         Chugach Forest Plan Revision "Spotlight" at www.fs.usda.gov/chugach 
         New Planning Rule background at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule

To request information,  or to sign up for the mailing list, email chugachplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 


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