Public Involvement and Outreach

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We are committed to working with the Tribes, communities and cooperating agencies to plan how public lands and resources will be managed for the next 10 – 15 years on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. 

Information about public engagement opportunities for the 90-day public comment period on the revised draft EIS and draft plans for the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests is captured below. Please contact r5planrevision@fs.fed.us if you have any questions.

Public Webinar

On July 10, 12-1:30pm (Pacific), the Sequoia and Sierra forests  hosted a public webinar. This was the first part of a series of engagement activities the forests will host during the 90-day comment period. The purpose of this webinar is to walk participants through the forest plan revision process and share tips on reviewing documents and providing useful comments. Click here to view the webinar.

Virtual Office Hours

On July 31st and August 14th, 11am – 1pm (Pacific), the Sequoia and Sierra forests will host "Virtual Office Hours.” These calls are intended to answer any questions that arise as you review the draft forest plans and revised draft environmental impact statement. We request that you send questions to r5planrevision@fs.fed.us at least  1 week prior to the virtual office hours session you plan to attend. Providing your questions early will assist our planning team members in preparing clear and concise responses. We will make every attempt to answer questions asked during the call. Responses that require more staff time in preparing will be shared in written Frequently Asked Questions documents posted on this page after the call. Additional office hours may be offered after the public workshops depending on topics and interest.

The upcoming Virtual Office Hours on July 31st, 11am – 1pm (Pacific), will be hosted on a webinar platform to show visuals, such as maps, as needed. Registration is not mandatory; you can join the webinar at any time once it begins without registering using the link below. We request that you take the time to register to help us better anticipate the number of participants joining the session. You may also choose to participate in the office hours session by conference call only.

Please register for the webinar in advance: Register here. You can register at any time up to the start of the webinar.

Please follow directions for connecting to the webinar using this Webinar Connection Guide. Conference line information will be provided to you once you enter the webinar meeting. If you experience issues with registration or are unable to participate via webinar, please contact Alice Lee at alice.lee@usda.gov.

If you are joining by conference call only, please use the following connection: 888-844-9904, Access code: 4798605.

Don’t forget to send us your questions to r5planrevision@fs.fed.us by midnight on Wednesday, July 24th so we can prepare responses for the July 31st webinar.

Public Workshops

The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests will host two public workshops during the comment period. Workshop agendas are being prepared and will be posted on this page  prior to the meetings. 

Sequoia National Forest

August 20, 5:30-8:30pm (Pacific)
The Station by Kern County Fire Fighters   
7900 Downing Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Sierra National Forest
August 21, 5:30-8:30pm (Pacific)
Clovis Veteran's Memorial District
808 4th St, Clovis, CA 93612

Public Comment

The Forest Service values public participation.

Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter's names and contact information, will become part of the public record. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration.

Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter standing for administrative review.

We’ve held various public discussions on plan revision topics as information is available, including the topics below. (The most recent engagement periods are listed first):

  • Notice of Availability: In June 2019, we released the revised draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans as well as supplemental documents of our analysis of the Sequoia and Sierra forest plan revision effort. The notice initiated a 90-day public comment period. You may comment on the documents using this Comment Form. The documents are available on-line at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3375
  • Notice of Availability: In May 2016, we released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans as well as supplemental documents of our analysis of the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra forest plan revision effort. The notice initiated a 90-day public comment period.
  • Notice of Intent and Public Scoping: In August 2014 we published a Notice of Intent (NOI) outlining our detailed proposed actions for revising the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra forest plans. The scoping period and associated comment period is now closed; however, the NOI, detailed proposed action, and maps are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=3375

Past Engagements

  • Past Meetings and Workshops: Throughout the plan revision process, we held public and tribal meetings and workshops.
  • Sierra Cascade Dialog: These Dialogs began in 2010 and continued through 2015.Their focus was on the future of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, specifically the national forests, providing an opportunity for learning, shared meaning, aligned actions, and understanding different perspectives.
  • E-Collaboration:  
    • Our Forest Place: Our Forest Place was designed as a tool for the collaborative process in the virtual world. Used mostly during the forest assessments, this tool allows stakeholders to be engaged in a transparent way, share ownership in the process and foster a community of learning to capitalize on shared knowledge.
    • Living Assessment: An interactive website is organized around fifteen topics, based on the 2012 Planning Rule. The information from this site along with feedback received on the draft forest assessments were considered in developing the final forest assessment documents.
    • Regional Collaboration and Communication: This plan was completed in 2013 after analyzing issues and concerns regarding forest plan revision and ideas for effective communication. The plan was created by the Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento State University, in cooperation with the Forest Service Regional Office Planning staff developed.




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