Forest Service’s Draft Revised Land Management Plan Enhances Long-Term Forest Health, Creates Regional Jobs

Forest Service’s Draft Revised Land Management Plan Enhances Long-Term Forest Health, Creates Regional Jobs

KAMIAH, Idaho (December 20, 2019) –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service today released a revised draft land management plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests that has the potential to add nearly 4,000 new jobs to the region and as much as $160 million in additional labor income. 

The forests currently support roughly 2,100 jobs and contribute $83 million in annual labor income to surrounding communities, primarily from the timber industry and forest service expenditures.

“The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is an integral part of our communities and we developed the alternatives for this revision of our long-term plan, with input from our communities, governments and stakeholders from all over,” said Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert.  “We have a wide range of alternatives that truly reflects the range of desires and needs across our landscapes and in our communities and embraces shared stewardship of the National Forests.  I am looking forward to feedback on the alternatives so that we can create a Forest Plan from these building blocks that best addresses sustainability of our communities and the resources.”

Probert added that she appreciates all of the time that citizens, local government officials and others have spent over the past several years helping the Forest develop these alternatives for future forest management.  

Land management plans provide direction for how public lands are managed in the long term. These draft plans were developed through a process that involved the communities, publics and partners affected by the plan.

Since the planning process began in May 2012, there have been more than 50 community meetings and public webinars to shape the draft plan and draft EIS. Additionally, hundreds of meetings with other stakeholder groups helped shape the alternatives for the draft EIS. Four action alternatives outlined in the draft plan are the product of this input into how the Forests should be managed into the future. Written and electronic comments will be accepted through April 20.  The draft plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available for public review and comment through that date.

All project documents, including instructions on how to comment, are on the website at: http://bit.ly/NezClearFPR

15 public meetings are scheduled throughout the comment period along with six resource-specific videocasts. A schedule of public meetings is below:

Town/City
Location
Date Times
(PST unless noted)
Kamiah, ID
Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department - Fire Hall
515 Main Street, Kamiah ID 83536
Tuesday, January 7th 1700-1900
Grangeville, ID
Grangeville Forest Service Office
104 Airport Road, Grangeville, ID 83530
Wednesday, January 8th 1700-1900
Orofino, ID
North Fork Ranger District
12740 US Hwy 12, Orofino, ID 83544
Thursday, January 9th 1700-1900
Elk City, ID
Red River Ranger District/Elk City Ranger Station
300 American River Road, Elk City, ID 83525
Tuesday, January 14th 1700-1900
Lowell, ID
Moose Creek Ranger District/Fenn Ranger Station
831 Selway Road, Kooskia, ID 83539
Wednesday, January 15th 1700-1900
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Idaho Panhandle National Forest- Supervisor’s Office
3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Wednesday, January 22nd 1700-1900
Lewiston, ID
Red Lion Hotel
621 21st Street, Lewiston, ID 83501
Conference Room: Clearwater
Saturday, January 25th 1000-1200
Moscow, ID
Best Western
1516 Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID 83843
Conference Room: Appaloosa
Saturday, January 25th 1500-1700
Riggins, ID
Riggins Community Center
121 Lodge Street, Riggins, ID 83549
Conference Room: Upper Level
Tuesday, January 28th 1700-1900 (MST)
McCall, ID
Payette National Forest- Supervisor’s Office
500 N Mission St, Building 2, McCall, ID83638
Tuesday, February 4th 1700-1900 (MST)
St. Regis, MT
St. Regis Community Center (13 miles west of Superior)
230 Lobo Loop, St. Regis, MT 59866
Friday, February 21st 1700-1900 (MST)
Missoula, MT
Northern Rockies Training Center (NRTC)
5765 W Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
Conference Room: Pintler
Saturday, February 22nd 1000-1200 (MST)
Hamilton, MT
Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office
1801 North 1st Street, Hamilton, MT 59840
Saturday, February 22nd 1500-1700 (MST)
Boise, ID Idaho Fish & Game, Trophy Room              600 S. Walnut Street
Boise, ID 59840
      Tuesday,      March 3rd 1400-1600 (MST)  
Lapwai, ID
TBD
TBD TBD

Maps and other materials will be available for review at public meetings, and planning team members will be available to answer questions. The location and schedule of these meetings will be published in local newspapers and can be found on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website. Click on Forest Plan Revision: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater

For more information, contact Forest Planner Zach Peterson at zachary.peterson@usda.gov or 208-935-4239.

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