What We Do: Native Wildlife Recovery / Forest Plan Revision
For over a decade, the Forest Service has been working to update the documents that guide management for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. This process resulted in the release of the proposed Blue Mountains Forest Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement in March of 2014. The Forest Service is hoping to have new plans in place for all three national forests by mid-2015.
Write your letter today and make a difference for the next 15+ years. The Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision process is currently wrapping up. Please add your voice. The public comment period ends August 15th, 2014 and every comment – no matter the length or breadth – makes an impact.
Comments on the DEIS and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan will be accepted beginning on March 14, 2014 through August 15, 2014, and can be electronically sent to: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments
If you wish to submit comments hard copy, please send to: Blue Mountains Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814.
Click here for MORE INFO (the “what, why & how”).
A Forest Plan is a document that guides the overall land management direction of a national forest for a period of about 15 to 20 years. A Forest Plan identifies what activities can take place and establishes standards and guidelines that must be followed when logging, grazing or other management activities occur. This is analogous to a municipal zoning plan that designates permissible uses and establishes regulations for private lands. Just as the zoning of private land is critical to protecting farmland and private forests from unchecked development, the zoning of our national forests is equally important for protecting the precious natural resources they provide, and biodiversity they support.
One of the issues the forest plan revision process addresses is potential wilderness. Areas that meet the inventory criteria for potential wilderness can be recommended for wilderness designation. They cannot, however, be designated wilderness through the forest plan revision process – only Congress can do that – but the Forest Service can make recommendations based on their expertise and knowledge of the areas they administer.
For more information visit the revision webpage at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5247447