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Forest Service Meetings

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December public meetings scheduled to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

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

DATE and TIME TOPIC and HOST LOCATION
Thur., Dec. 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
Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Pace and Scale of Restoration
Malheur National Forest
Grant Co. Regional Airport
72000 Airport Rd.
John Day, OR 97845
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(doors open at 5:30)
Livestock Grazing and
Pace / Scale of Restoration
Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests
Clarkston Campus of
Walla Walla Comm. College
1470 Bridge St., Rm. 187
Clarkston, WA 99403
Tues., Dec. 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.

For more information, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.

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