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WASHINGTON - Draft Revised Forest Plan Update - Upcoming Meetings- Mark Your Calendars

May 11, 2016 7:41 PM

As you know, 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 and the public comment period was extended until July 5, 2016. During May the Forest Service will host three online meetings. Online meetings are an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding about a specific forest plan revision topic without having to leave your

WASHINGTON - Draft Revised Forest Plan Update - Upcoming Meetings- Mark Your Calendars

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, 

As you know, 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 and the public comment period was extended until July 5, 2016.

During May the Forest Service will host three online meetings. Online meetings are an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding about a specific forest plan revision topic without having to leave your home to attend a meeting. Online meetings will include a 10-minute presentation by the Forest Service to introduce the topic, with the remaining time dedicated to questions and Forest Service responses. The topics addressed in each webinar are listed below. Advance online registration is required and free of charge. 

A toll-free phone number will be provided for you to dial into so that you can hear and be heard during the webinar (audio through computer microphones/speakers will NOT be available). The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Forest Service website http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/colville/plan-revision within 24 hours of the webinar, and a brief written summary of the key discussion points will be prepared and posted within one week of the webinar. Please follow the links below to register for individual webinars (each webinar requires a separate registration). If you have any questions about, or difficulty with, registration, please contact Debbie Kelly, 509-664-9247.

Online Meetings Topic Date Time Registration Link
Forest Access by Roads: Learn how roads affect forest resources, and how access to the forest changes under the alternatives. Monday
May 16
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6067461778215153154 
Webinar ID: 115-613-675
Forested Vegetation Management: Learn how forested vegetation would be managed and how might this affect fish and wildlife habitat, and wildfire risk.  Monday
May 23
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  PDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7732486321017666818 
Webinar ID: 130-275-083
Social-Economic Concerns: Learn how the draft Colville Forest Plan accommodates uses important to the local economy. Monday
May 23
2:30 p.m.to 
4 p.m. PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6631482655962816258 
Webinar ID: 129-322-051

The Forest Service has also announced that four listening sessions are scheduled in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Spokane Counties. The listening sessions are being hosted by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (www.ecr.gov). The meetings will provide interested individuals an opportunity to briefly share their perspective on the draft EIS and draft revised Forest Plan with the listening audience, including the Forest Service. These meetings are being held to accommodate community requests for an opportunity to provide verbal comment "on the record". 

Please note-- All Listening Session begin at 6 pm and end at 8 pm. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.- Forest Service informational posters will be on display. 

    June 1 at the Colville Extended Learning Center, 985 S. Elm Street, Colville, WA
    June 2 at the Kalispel Tribe Camas Wellness Center, 1821 N. Le Clerc Road, Cusick, WA
    June 6 at the Spokane Community College, Sasquatch Conf. Rm, 1810 N Greene St., Spokane, WA
    June 7 at the Republic Elementary School, 30306 East Hwy 20 in Republic, WA

If you have questions regarding the format of the listening sessions, please contact Susan Hayman, facilitator at shayman@enviroissues.com or 208.869.2120. (See the Spring 2016 Update for more information.)

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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