Buffalo Springs Restoration Project – Public Engagement
As stewards of the land, we are entrusted by the American people to take a holistic look at forest ecosystems and make informed decisions about the future direction of those ecosystems and any needed management actions to improve conditions. An important part of that process is involving the local community, interested organizations, and forest visitors. This page is to share information about the Buffalo Springs Restoration Project and keep you updated on its status. A draft environmental assessment is anticipated to be released for public review and comment around October, 2022.
For more information:
- View a Detailed Map of Proposed Treatments
- Read Our Newsletter Introduction to the Project
- View Video Presentations by Our Specialists
- Learn More about the Importance of Young Forest Habitat
- View the official Buffalo Springs Restoration Project page for all information related to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including information on public scoping and commenting.
- Heritage Programmatic Agreement Review our draft programmatic agreement on protecting heritage resources. Comments may be sent to our Heritage Program Manager.
- Information on the Native Hardwood Restoration Demonstration Site
April 26, 2022
An informational public meeting was held virtually from 6 to 8 pm.
April 22, 2022
Four public field tours were conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
March 14, 2022
A news release was sent to local media informing the public of the Field Tour, Virtual Public Meeting, online map and draft cultural heritage programmatic agreement.
December 3, 2021
A news release was sent to local media to update the public that the project is now in the analysis stage. A draft environmental assessment is anticipated to be released for public review and comment around April 2022.
October 14, 2021
A public scoping letter and maps were released announcing the initiation of the Buffalo Springs Restoration Project and inviting the public to provide comments on the proposal. The 30-day public scoping period ends November 15, 2021.
May 15, 2021
Preliminary public input was reviewed and a news release was sent to local media explaining the District Ranger’s decision to move forward with a project proposal to meet the desired conditions and implement improvements.
March 03, 2021
An article was published in the Bloomington Herald Times informing the public about the Buffalo Springs Area of Interest and asking for public input.
March 02, 2021
Copies of the newsletter were posted and delivered to public locations (libraries, French Lick Visitor Center, Lost River Market) in Orange and Crawford counties.
February 16, 2021
Specialist videos on current conditions were made available on this webpage.
January 08, 2021