Forest Service Seeks Public Input on Wild and Scenic Rivers Management Plan

Contact(s): Casey Andrews, Public Affairs Specialist


NORTH BEND, Wash., – The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) continues its planning to manage the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers, on the Snoqualmie Ranger District. Today, a draft comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and accompanying preliminary environmental assessment (EA), with proposed forest plan amendment, are being released.

 

The public is invited to comment on the draft plan and environmental assessment during a 30-day comment period through Nov. 13, 2020. The draft CRMP, EA, and supporting documentation, including a story map, can be accessed online at https://tinyurl.com/WSRPlan.

 

A comprehensive river management plan provides guidelines for long-term management and identifies the ways in which the Forest Service will protect and enhance the wild and scenic rivers’ free-flowing condition, water quality, and its defined outstandingly remarkable values, including recreation and fish.

 

In December 2014, Congress designated the upper 27.4 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the entire Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires the Forest Service to develop a CRMP and to submit a final boundary for the wild and scenic rivers to Congress.

 

The management plan will guide development, management, and restoration activities in the wild and scenic river corridors. It includes standards and guidelines for management of Forest Service lands within the river corridor, a visitor-use management strategy, and a monitoring plan.

 

In addition to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the MBS is required to comply with findings required by other federal laws and regulations and the forest trust responsibilities to treaty tribes will remain unchanged by this plan. Specifically,

  • The 1990 Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Land and Resource Management Plan will be amended to incorporate the standards and guidelines for management direction identified in this plan.
  • Implementation of future actions or projects not analyzed within the CRMP/EA would require separate NEPA analysis, documentation, tribal consultation, and public involvement.
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This plan will be implemented through three primary mechanisms, including intergovernmental coordination, individual agency action, and partnerships with non-governmental organizations and the public.





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