Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Overview

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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 Mountains Forest Plan Community Workshops

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Malheur NF
Where: John Day, OR - Grant County Regional Airport

Wed Jul 8, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership, Umatilla NF, and Wallowa-Whitman NF
Where: Clarkston, WA - Floch Hall, Asotin Fairgrounds, Asotin Anatone Hwy

Thu Jul 9, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Umatilla NF
Where: Walla Walla, WA - Walla Walla Senior Center at the Park, 720 Sprague St

Mon Jul 13, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop, hosted by Wallowa County Natural Resources Advisory Council; facilitated by High Desert
Where: Enterprise, OR - Cloverleaf Hall, 668 NW 1st Street

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Grazing Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Malheur NF
Where: Burns, OR - Burns Community Center

Wed Jul 15, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Umatilla NF
Where: Richland, WA - Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail

Thu Jul 16, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Umatilla NF / Malheur NF
Where: Ukiah, OR - Ukiah High School Gym

Tue Jul 21, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Grazing Workshop - hosted by Wallowa County Natural Resources Advisory Council; facilitated by High Desert Partnership; attended by Wallowa-Whitman NF
Where: Enterprise, OR - Cloverleaf Hall, 668 NW 1st Street

Wed Jul 22, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Umatilla NF
Where: Pendleton, OR - Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard

Thu Jul 23, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Access Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Umatilla NF
Where: Heppner, OR - Morrow County Fairgrounds Main Hall, 74473 Hwy 74-Lena

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Pace/Scale of Restoration Workshop - hosted by Wallowa County Natural Resources Advisory Council; facilitated by High Desert Partnership; attended by Wallowa-Whitman NF
Where: Enterprise, OR - Cloverleaf Hall, 668 NW 1st Street

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Pace/Scale of Restoration Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Malheur NF
Where: John Day, OR - Grant County Regional Airport

Tue Aug 18, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Pace/Scale of Restoration Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Malheur NF
Where: Burns, OR - Burns Community Center

Wed Aug 19, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Grazing, Pace/Scale of Restoration Workshop - hosted by High Desert Partnership and Malheur NF
Where: Long Creek, OR - Long Creek Community Hall

 

June 1, 2015 Open Letter to the Citizens of the Blue Mountains National Forests

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

Public Engagement: Public Meetings Presentation, Handouts, Summaries & Webinar Information

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: bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us 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.