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Reminder: Public Open Houses to be held for Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project

Contact(s): Matt Peterson, Willamette National Forest, 541-225-6421, eth Peer, Deschutes National Forest, 541-383-5554

Open houses will discuss the release of the draft environmental assessment

Next week, the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests will host two public open houses to discuss the Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project. The project is analyzing a range of recreation management approaches for the Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, Three Sisters, Diamond Peak and Waldo Lake Wilderness areas.

The public is invited to learn more about the project at two public open houses next week:

  • Monday, May 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97301.
  • Thursday, May 10th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Campbell Community Center, 155 High St, Eugene, OR 97401.

Previous public open houses have been held in Sisters and Bend, Oregon.

The Central Cascades Wilderness Management Strategies Project is in response to extreme growth in visitor use and the resulting impacts to the wilderness landscapes in some portions of these wilderness areas. Five alternative strategies have been analyzed, which range from lesser to broader changes in management. The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Project is in the middle of a 30-day public comment period, which ends May 21, 2018. The analysis can be found at this link: https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=50578  or by going to either national forest’s website. When people get to the website they will need to scroll to the bottom and click on the Analysis tab to get the most recent information.

For more information about the Open Houses, the public can contact Beth Peer, Deschutes National Forest (Bend) at 541-383-5554 or Matt Peterson, Willamette National Forest (Eugene) at 541-225-6421.