Wayne National Forest Offers Forest Plan Revision Working Groups

Release Date: Sep 7, 2018  

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Officer (740) 753-0862


NELSONVILLE, Ohio – The Wayne National Forest is inviting the public to participate in a series of working groups to help compile information and input for the assessment phase of the Forest Plan revision process.

There are a total of nine groups that cover various topics such as outdoor recreation, biodiversity and forest health, renewable energy, local culture & heritage, air quality, water quality and water supply, wilderness, and wild and scenic rivers. A citizen-initiated group will cover sustainable economies, ecological forest management & climate protection, while a technical group will focus their attention on non-renewable energy & minerals.

Other citizens interested in forming working groups beyond those identified are welcomed to do so by coordinating with the Forest Plan Revision Team.

The public is urged to sign up for one or more of the working groups by Friday, September 14, 2018, in order to receive more information about a particular working group’s orientation session. Sign up by submitting an email to the Forest Plan Revision Team at WaynePlanRevision@fs.fed.us, or by calling 740-753-0555.

Orientation sessions have been planned for each working group starting Monday, September 24, 2018, through Thursday, October 4, 2018. Virtual opportunities will be available for many of the groups as for those who may not be able to attend in person. For complete dates and general locations, as well as more information about the groups, visit our Forest Plan revision webpage.

Forest Plan revision comments can be submitted any time in writing to the Wayne National Forest Plan Revision Team, 13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764, or by calling Team Leader Lori Swiderski at 740-753-0859.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.

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