Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Overview
Current Steps Toward a Future Forest Plan
The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (collectively referred to as the Blue Mountains National Forests) have combined efforts and established the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision team to revise their land and resource management plans (also referred to as forest plans or plans). The current plans are being revised to address substantial resource and social changes on the three national forests and to include new scientific information.
Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision DEIS and Proposed Forest Plan Comment Letters Public Reading Room
All of the comment letters received during the public comment period for the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision Draft EIS and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan (March 14, 2014 – August 15, 2014), totaling over 1,000 letters, are now posted in the following public reading room: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/ReadingRoom?project=31195.
Click Here for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision DRAFT Documents, 1990 Forest Plans and Supporting Documentation
The three national forests released the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and DEIS on March 14, 2014 (Federal Register) for a 90-day comment period. The comment period was extended an additional 60 days, and ended on August 15, 2014 (Federal Register).
The Proposed Revised Land Management Plan is based on the Preferred Alternative. Using public comments received during scoping, the team has been working with a co-convener group (established in 2004 involving county and state offices, and the Tribes) to develop the alternatives and analyze the environmental effects. The issues that were identified from the scoping comments include: access, economic and social well-being, livestock grazing and grazing land vegetation, old forest, preliminary administratively recommended wilderness areas, and ecological resilience (restoration). These issues were used to formulate the range of alternatives resulting in a DEIS and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan.
Updates for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Newsletters
Public Engagement and How to Comment
The public is encouraged to participate throughout the plan revision process. Stakeholder involvement and input will help develop effective and sustainable management direction for the national forests for the next decade and beyond. If you would like more information about the revision process, how to comment, or have any questions, please contact the revision team: email@example.com or call 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1302.
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
In addition, if you wish to submit comments hard copy, please send to: Blue Mountains Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814.
Please regularly visit this web site and the plan revision links for more information and updates. Background information can be found here.