New 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. (WSSA Note: A PDF version of the schedule can be found at here.)
A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions.
In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 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 1990.
Meeting summaries from previous Forest Plan Revision meetings are available here
, and the notes from new meetings will be posted there as well. For more information, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.
We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting,
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Forest Service
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
1550 Dewey Ave
Baker City, OR 97814