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NEW MEXICO - Santa Fe NF Announces Wilderness Process Community Meetings

April 22, 2016 10:44 PM

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is initiating the next phase of Forest Plan Revision where they must determine if there are areas within the forest's boundaries that are suitable or not suitable for designation as Wilderness. The four steps in this process are: 1) Inventory, 2) Evaluation, 3) Analysis, and 4) Recommendation. Although the specifics for each of these steps are broadly defined by Forest Service directives (FSH 1909.12 Chapter 70), your input can have an impact

NEW MEXICO - Santa Fe NF Announces Wilderness Process Community Meetings

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is initiating the next phase of Forest Plan Revision where they must determine if there are areas within the forest's boundaries that are suitable or not suitable for designation as Wilderness.  The four steps in this process are: 1) Inventory, 2) Evaluation, 3) Analysis, and 4) Recommendation.  Although the specifics for each of these steps are broadly defined by Forest Service directives (FSH 1909.12 Chapter 70), your input can have an impact by helping us develop criteria specific to the SFNF.

The Forest Service is holding a series of public meetings in communities across the Forest to seek your input on developing the criteria used to determine if there are areas both suitable and not suitable to be included as Wilderness.  

The schedule of dates, times, and locations for the public meetings on Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation criteria are listed below.  The public is encouraged to attend one of these meetings to provide input that will help develop criteria based on your activities, experiences, and feelings about the Forest.

Meeting Schedule:

Monday, April 25 - UNM West, 2600 College Ave NE, Room1225, Rio Rancho, NM.  6-8 pm.  

Tuesday, April 26 - El Rancho Community Center, 394 County Road 84, El Rancho, NM.  6-8 pm.

Thursday, April 28 - Technical Meeting, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe, NM. 9am - 12pm.

Monday, May 2 - Highlands University, 1031 11th Street, Victoria D. de Sanchez Teacher Education Center (STEC) Classrooms203and204, Las Vegas, NM. 6-8pm.

Tuesday, May 3 - Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe, NM. 6-8 pm

Materials will be available in advance online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan

In addition, the April 28 Technical Meeting in Santa Fe is your opportunity to give us feedback on our preliminary interpretations of the criteria for both the Inventory and Evaluation steps.  All meetings are open to the public, and informational material will be posted in advance on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan.

If you cannot attend a public meeting, you are encouraged to submit input on the Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation criteria by one of the following methods:

Email recommendations to santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us

Mail recommendations to:
          Forest Plan Revision
          Santa Fe National Forest
          11 Forest Lane
          Santa Fe, NM 87508

Fax recommendations to 505-438-5390

Hand Deliver recommendations to the Forest Headquarters at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Comment forms for both general and technical comments are available on their website.  Recommendations received by May 20, 2016, will be the most helpful.

For additional information on the Forest Plan Revision contact the Forest Plan Revision Core Team at 505-438-5442, by email to santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us or visit the Forest Plan Revision website.

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 107
 

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