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Sierra National Forest to hold public meetings on forest plan revision

VALLEJO, Calif. – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is in the middle of conducting a Forest Assessment, gathering existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends and drivers, to evaluate their sustainability and identify the need to change the existing forest plan by the end of 2013. 

In February, forest staff hosted the first set of public meetings in order to engage interested publics, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in this collaborative process.  The focus to date has been gathering known data on the current forest condition.  The focus of Forest Assessment collaboration is now centering on trends and drivers.

Initiation of public participation

The SNF has scheduled two public meetings and one webinar. The goals of the meetings include: to review the plan revision process and associated collaboration and communication methods; to solicit feedback on the characterization of current conditions and key references; and to solicit input on the identification of locally-specific trends and drivers of forest change.  A general public meeting, technical meeting and webinar are being offered.  Allmeetings will cover the same materials; the only difference being the technical meeting is geared toward people wanting to provide detailed feedback and input on specific scientific and technical concerns.  

Upcoming public meetings in April 2013 

1.  Technical In-Person Meeting

Date:April 19

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: SNF Supervisor's Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA93611

2. General Public Meeting

Date:April 20

Time: 1-4 p.m. 

Location: Holiday Inn – Fresno Airport, Fresno, CA.  5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

Web address: www.fresnoairporthi.com

3. Public Meeting via webinar

Date:April 24

Time: 1-4 p.m. 

Location: No in-person option

Webinar link:https://www304.livemeeting.com/cc/_XML/usda/join

Meeting ID: N7M8KR

Instructions: The webinar will use the free Microsoft Office Live Meeting service.  Click on the registration link and only enter the following Meeting ID: N7M8KR and click the “Join” button. Once you enter your first and last name you will have access to the webinar.

For questions, concerns or if you have special needs related to involvement in these public meetings, please contact Rebecca Garcia, SNF Public Affairs Officer at rebeccagarcia@fs.fed.us or call (559) 297-0706 extension 4804.

Key Contacts

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