Custer Gallatin National Forest Kicks Off Forest Plan Revision Community Public Meetings Across the Forest

Release Date: Jan 28, 2016

Bozeman, MT – The 3.1 million acre, Custer Gallatin National Forest is starting Forest Plan Revision, with a series of community public meetings across the forest.  Ultimately, the four-year Forest Plan Revision process gives way to a new Forest Plan, a comprehensive overarching document providing guidance for forest management on the Custer Gallatin National Forest for years to come.  Involvement in the Forest Plan early and often helps to create the vision for the surrounding National Forest System lands in the coming decade. 

            “Over the next four years the Forest Plan needs to bring together ecological social and economic interests,” said Virginia Kelly, Forest Plan Revision Team Leader.  “Communities and the Forest Service will work together to determine what that means across the Custer Gallatin National Forest.”

            The first public meetings will be held February 22 – March 10, 2016.  Each meeting will have similar agendas and will be in the afternoon or evening depending on location.

  • Monday, February 22, 2016              Broadus, MT 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location:  Broadus Community Center
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016              Ashland, MT 3 – 4:30 p.m., Location:  Tongue River Electric Co.
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016              Colstrip, MT 6:30 – 8 p.m., Location:  Colstrip Public School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016         Ekalaka, MT 5:30 – 7 p.m., Location:  Carter County Fair Building
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016            Buffalo, SD 5:30 – 7 p.m., Location: Buffalo Recreation Center
  • Monday, February 29, 2016              Big Timber, MT 3- 4:30 p.m., Location:  Sweet Grass Co. Annex (adjacent to Extension office).
  • Monday, February 29, 2016                Livingston, MT 6:30 – 8 p.m., Location:  pending final venue location
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016                      Columbus, MT 3 – 4:30 p.m., Location:  Columbus Fire Hall
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016                      Red Lodge, MT 6:30 – 8 p.m., Location:  Red Lodge Senior Center
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016                 Bozeman, MT  6:30 – 8 p.m., Location:  pending final venue location
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016                    Big Sky, MT 2 – 3:30 p.m., Location:  Big Sky Chapel
  • Thursday, March 3, 2016                    West Yellowstone, MT 5:30 – 7 p.m., Location:  West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
  • Monday, March 7, 2016                      Gardiner, MT 5:30 – 7 p.m., Location:  Yellowstone Association
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016                      Cooke City, MT 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Location:  Cooke City Chamber of Commerce
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016                 Billings, MT 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Location, pending final venue location

Final venue locations will be forthcoming in update.  Forest Plan Revision meetings will be the first opportunity for the public to provide local knowledge and information about current conditions, trends, perceptions and concerns, while also introducing the Forest Plan Revision team to communities around the Custer Gallatin National Forest.    

Meetings will begin with a brief introduction and overview of the Forest Plan Revision process and understanding the Custer Gallatin National Forest as a whole, along with the identification of important interests in communities.  Following the presentation the Custer Gallatin planning team will be available for questions and to speak one-on-one with citizens.  

More information can be found online at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/custergallatin/landmanagement/planning  or by clicking on the Forest Plan Revision quicklink in the upper right-hand corner.  Also subscribe for email updates online or by calling 406-587-6735.  
Early and continued engagement throughout the Forest Plan Revision process is welcomed and encouraged.  Additional public meetings further into the Assessment process will be hosted in June.   

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