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WASHINGTON - Revised Forest Plan DEIS Available for Review and Comment

March 04, 2016 3:27 PM

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on the Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Colville National Forest. The collaborative development of the draft plan spanned more than 10 years and was shaped by the best available science, current laws and public input gathered at over 60 public meetings and more than 15 public community-based work groups. These meetings identified the core values of local communities

WASHINGTON - Revised Forest Plan DEIS Available for Review and Comment

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on the Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Colville National Forest.

The collaborative development of the draft plan spanned more than 10 years and was shaped by the best available science, current laws and public input gathered at over 60 public meetings and more than 15 public community-based work groups. These meetings identified the core values of local communities and highlighted the many points of agreement that exist among diverse participants.

The Colville National Forest (CNF), working in partnership the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (U.S. Institute, www.ecr.gov), will offer a variety of opportunities for public participation throughout the remainder of the CNF's forest plan revision process.

Between February 19 and May 19, 2016, the Forest Service will be sharing information about the draft plan and analysis reports in a variety of settings. Members of the public will have online opportunities to learn about the proposal via interactive webinars, online open houses and the Forest website, all of which are designed to help people understand the proposal and how to submit comments on the draft plan. In addition, listening sessions where members of the public will be able to provide verbal comment, are planned for later in the comment period.

Additional meeting information will be announced via news releases, notices to the mailing list and also posted to the project website once details are available.

The documents released today are available for download and review online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/colville/plan-revision.

These documents are also available for viewing at Colville National Forest offices in Republic, Kettle Falls, Colville, Newport and Metaline Falls, in addition to the Forest Service Information Desk at the Spokane District BLM in Spokane. Community libraries will also have copies for viewing.

The 90-Day comment period starts February 19, 2016, with publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, 2016.  The comment period will close on May 19, 2016. Comments can Electronic comments on the draft plan and DEIS should be submitted to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=45826

A limited number of compact discs or paper copies of these documents may be requested by phone 509-664-9247 or email: colvilleplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

To assist in the tracking and analyzing comments they are asking people to submit electronic comments to the web database system noted above. However, written comments will be allowed if you are unable to submit electronically:  Colville National Forest, Forest Plan Revision, 765 South Main St., Colville, WA 99114.

For additional information, contact a planning team member:
Amy Dillon
Forest Environmental Coordinator & Plan Revision Team Leader
Phone: (509) 684-7211

Debbie Kelly
Public Affairs Lead
Forest Plan Revision Team
Phone: (509) 664-9247

Email: colvilleplanrevision@fs.fed.us

Contact the Forest Supervisor:
Rodney Smoldon, Forest Supervisor, can be reached by contacting his Executive Assistant at (509) 684-7163 or the front desk at (509) 684-7000 (877-727-8704 [Toll Free]), or TTY (509) 684-7100.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

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

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