Wallowa-Whitman Alerts, Notices and Project Updates
IMPORTANT NEWS: Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya received requests from Baker County and several organizations for more review time of the existing condition maps that displays both roads and motorized trails. “I understand that the Wallowa-Whitman is a large national forest with several maps needed to cover this extensive landscape. Therefore, I have decided to provide more time for reviewing these maps and submitting your corrections, now ending March 31, 2015,” shares Tom Montoya. Tom and the employees of the Wallowa-Whitman are committed to working closely with the public, Counties, and Tribes to make sure the maps depict the existing condition of the National Forest System roads and motorized trails, and current use. These maps were developed from input from public, counties and tribes, as well as Forest Service road data; and now the Forest is asking if this information is accurate. View the Existing Condition Road Maps and View the Public Remarks & Clarifications on the maps.
FOREST PLAN REVISION: Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision DEIS & Proposed Forest Plan Comment Letters Public Reading Room
39 ROAD UPDATE: NEW** The Wallowa Mtn Loop Rd. (FSR 39) is open as a designated snowmobile route.
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 2.3 million acres of varied landscape, extends from the Blue Mountains and rugged Wallowa Mountains down to the spectacular canyon country of the Snake River on the Idaho border.
The forest ranges in elevation from 875 feet in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area to 9,845 feet in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
We manage the forest as sustainable ecosystems providing clean water, wildlife habitat and valuable forest products. This setting offers a variety of year-round recreation opportunities.
Across the nation and in the Pacific Northwest, there is broad public support for actively managing forests to be more resilient to the uncertainties of climate change and the effects of insect outbreaks, disease, and destructive wildfires that follow decades of fire suppression in fire-dependent forests. Read more about Accelerated Restoration.
The East Face Analysis Area is a multi-agency collaborative restoration project designed to restore and maintain resilient landscapes, create fire adapted communities and respond to wildfire. Learn more about this exciting project by clicking the link!
The Lower Joseph Creek Restoration Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released on November 14th for a 90 day comment period. The 100,000 acre project goals are to contribute to local economic and social vitality, reduce the risk of wildfire, restore forest health, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and improve future forest range and fire management across the project area.