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Current Steps Toward Future Forest Plans
The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (the Blue Mountains National Forests) have combined efforts to revise their land and resource management plans (Forest Plans). Forest Plans describe the social, economic, and ecological goals of National Forests and provide frameworks for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each National Forest to prepare a Plan and revise it every 15 years to address new economic and social conditions, new resource conditions, and new scientific information. The current Forest Plans for each of the Blue Mountains National Forests are from 1990, and significant changes have occurred since that time.
In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan. The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected in 2017.
- November 2016 Audio Recording and Transcript of November 17th Public Conference Call - Team Leader, Revised Timeline, Cooperation, Coordination and Consultation
- Fall 2016 Newsletter - Update on Forest Plans, including topics related to our team leader transition, revised timeline, and our cooperation, coordination, and consultation with other agencies
- July 2016 Audio Recording and Transcript of July 13th Public Conference Call - Recommended Wilderness, Backcountry Areas, Wildlife Corridors & Designated Routes
- June 2016 Newsletter - Update on Forest Plans, including information on Recommended Wilderness, Backcountry Areas, Wildlife Corridors & Designated Routes
- April 2016 Submit your video for #VoicesOfTheForest
- April 2016 Audio Recording and Transcript of April 12th Public Conference Call - Update on Forest Plans
- April 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio Segment on the Blue Mountains Forest Plans
- April 2016 Newsletter - Update on Forest Plans, including an Open Letter to the friends of the Blue Mountains
Following the release of the 2014 draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan there was a public comment period. Community members and other stakeholders responded with over a thousand comment letters. Based in part on that feedback, the three Blue Mountains National Forests worked with communities and stakeholders to identify these topics for further discussion: Pace and Scale of Restoration (including these Timber Topics), Livestock Grazing, and Access and Wilderness. In 2015 and early 2016, the Forest Service scheduled a series of public workshops, which were facilitated to ensure that every participant had time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions. You can find the notes from those meetings here.
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