Forest Plan Revision
The public is invited to the Public Meeting on the Forest Plan Revision:
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region has released the final assessments for the Sierra National Forest, the Bio-regional assessment, and a preliminary Need to Change document.
The public is welcome to attend our upcoming meeting; see below for location. Those unable to attend in person are invited to participate via a conference phone line. Please contact Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 ext. 4805 or via email at email@example.com to obtain call in number.
The Sierra National Forest is hosting a public meeting to gather more inofrmation and public comments:
Monday, April 7, 2014
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn Fresno Airport
5090 E. Clinton Way
The meetings are designed to share information on the Notice of Intent, which includes the purpose and need and proposed action. These meetings also notify the public and tribal communities that the Notice of Intent begins the formal NEPA process, including a 30 day scoping period. Scoping comments help refine the proposed action, identifying preliminary issues, and identifying interested and affected persons. All correspondence received from the need for change meeting, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the project record and are available for public inspection and copying at any time.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website. The contacts for the Sierra National Forest are:
Judi Tapia at 559-297-0706 extension 4938 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 extension 4805 or via email at email@example.com
The Sierra National Forest is one of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters” meaning they will be the first to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, completed in 2012. The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
The Sierra National Forest is revising its Forest Plan using the new Forest Service Planning Rule. The forest 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
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.
OUR FOREST PLACE
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.