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OREGON - FS Schedules Additional Public Meetings on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision for December

November 19, 2015 9:33 PM

The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The current schedule is below: A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others and propose solutions. The Forest Service is working with partners to schedule additional meetings, which will be announced in the near future via email and news updates. In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

OREGON - FS Schedules Additional Public Meetings on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision for December

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

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

DATE and TIME TOPIC and HOST LOCATION
Thursday, December 10, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Malheur National Forest
Harney Co. Community Center
484 North Broadway
Burns, OR 97720
Friday, December 11, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Malheur National Fores
Grant Co. Regional Airport
72000 Airport Rd.
John Day, OR 97845
Monday, December 14, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests
Clarkston Campus of
Walla Walla Comm. College

1470 Bridge St., Rm. 187
Clarkston, WA 99403
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
N. Powder Elementary
NW corner of G and 4th Streets
North Powder, OR 97867

A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others and propose solutions. The Forest Service is working with partners to schedule additional meetings, which will be announced in the near future via email and news updates.

In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan 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 that time.

Meeting notes 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 to this website as well.

BRC's Comments on Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plans DEIS

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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