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OREGON - New Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

October 21, 2015 8:10 PM

The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. Please see the current schedule below...A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions. In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and received over a thousand comment letters

OREGON - New Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. Please see the current schedule below:

MEETING DATE and TIME  MEETING TOPIC and HOST MEETING LOCATION
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
 Access and Wilderness
Wallowa-Whitman
National Forest
La Grande, OR
Armory, 404 12th St,
La Grande, OR 97850
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 (doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing
Umatilla National Forest
Heppner, OR
City Hall, 111 N Main St,
Heppner, OR 97836
 Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 (doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing
Umatilla National Forest and
Malheur National Forest
Ukiah, OR
N. Fork John Day Ranger District,
401 West Main St,
Ukiah, OR 97880
 Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 (doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Wallowa-Whitman and
Umatilla National Forests
 La Grande, OR
Armory, 404 12th St,
La Grande, OR 97850

A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions.

In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and received over a thousand comment letters. Based in part on that feedback, the three Blue Mountains National Forests have worked with stakeholders to identify topics for further discussion - including the Pace and Scale of Restoration, Livestock Grazing, Access, and Wilderness.

A Forest Plan describes the social, economic, and ecological goals of a National Forest and provides a framework for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each National Forest to prepare a Forest Plan and revise it every 15 years to address changing needs and conditions. The current Forest Plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Malheur National Forests are from 1990, and the Blue Mountains region has changed significantly since 1990.

Meeting summaries from previous Forest Plan Revision meetings are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision, and the notes from new meetings will be posted there as well. For more information, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.

BRC's Comments on Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plans DEIS
http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/BRC_Comments_Blue_Mtns_Forests_Plan_Revision_DEIS_08.15.14.pdf

If you have any questions please contact Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision Public Affairs Officer, Peter Fargo at 541-523-1231 or email at pfargo@fs.fed.us.

As always, please call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2
 

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