The Sierra National Forest is one of three National Forests in California revising its Forest Plan using the new Forest Service Planning Rule. Currently the Forest is in the “Assessment Phase” - gathering existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends, to evaluate their sustainability, and to identify the need to change the existing plan by the end of 2013. SNF has also developed a Collaboration and Communication Plan to provide clear, consistent, and easily implementable guidance for Forest staff to involve the interested public, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in the Forest Plan revision process. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more by visiting and participating in Our Forest Place, an online community to encourage collaboration. The public can also view and comment on the Sierra National Forest’s current Topic Papers which offer a review of current trends and conditions and is located on the Living Assessment site - a wiki-based Assessment that allows individuals to help write content.
The Living Assessment is a tool to gather and display information about the current condition and trends. Sierra National Forest Topic Papers are located on the Living Assessment site. Public feedback is encouraged and welcomed.
Individuals interested in forests and land management in California are invited to join this online community where they can blog, get involved in discussion forums, share data, post videos, or be part of an interest group.