Planning

Mountain lake with snow dabbled mountains in the background

Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan

We are revising the Inyo National Forest's 1988 land management plan (forest plan) because economic, social, and ecological conditions have changed and new scientific information is available. The Inyo began revising its forest plan in 2012 as part of a multi-forest planning effort. In 2016, we released a draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for public comment and review. Based on public comment and our analysis, we have revised the draft plan and completed a final EIS. The next step is a 60-day objection filing period for the final EIS, draft record of decision and revised plan. For more information about this step in the planning process, visit the below section.

An objection resolution meeting is planned for February 19-21, 2019 at the at the Cerro Coso Community College, Eastern Sierra College Center, 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514. The meeting will start at 9:00 am each day.

Documents

All documents are in PDF format. The size of the documents can be very large and may take some time to download. 

Draft Record of Decision

Revised forest plan

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Supporting Information

Public Meeting Information

An objection resolution meeting is planned for February 19-21, 2019 at the at the Cerro Coso Community College, Eastern Sierra College Center, 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514. The meeting will start at 9:00 am each day.

If you participated in a comment period and chose to file an objection, the U.S.  Forest Service will provide an opportunity for you to meet with the reviewing officer and attempt to resolve your concerns. Other people who have been active in the planning process and are interested in the revised forest plan may attend the resolution meeting, but only objectors and interested parties are invited to participate in discussions with the reviewing officer.

An agenda will be provided prior to the meeting so that those who have objection standing can time attendance appropriately for topics of interest.

A public meeting was held on August 7, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Cerro Coso Community College, Eastern Sierra College Center, 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514. The meeting highlighted:

  • What are the documents and where can you find them?
  • The Final Forest Plan and Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision (ROD)
  • Changes to the final plan based upon public comment
  • Next Steps
    • Objection Process
    • Finalization of the decision (ROD)

Filing an Objection

2018 Objections Received Legal Notice

How to File as an Interested Person

The objection filing period for the Inyo National Forest Revised Land Management Plan and associated Final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Decision Record of Decision ended on October 3, 2018. The objection reviewing officer, Deputy Regional Forester Barnie Gyant, received 22 eligible objections. The legal notice for objections received will be posted within 10 days of the end of the objection filing period. Within 10 days of the publication of that legal notice, individuals and/or organizations who have commented in the past may request to be recognized as interested persons regarding the objections that were filed. The objections may be viewed online at https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/ReadingRoom?project=40601.

Fact Sheet: How to file as an interested person

In order to file an objection to the final environmental impact statement (EIS), revised land management plan, draft record of decision (ROD), or Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) list, you must have previously submitted substantive comments during a previous public comment period for this effort. The 60-day objection filing period began when the Inyo Register published a legal notice on August 4, 2018. Individuals or groups who have provided formal comments previously in the process may file an objection. The Forest Service will review the objections it receives and seek opportunities for resolution.

Objection may be sent by regular mail, fax, e-mail, hand-delivery, or express delivery:

  • Send written objections to: Barnie Gyant, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Objection Reviewing Officer, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays.
  • Send electronic objections to: objections-pacificsouthwest-regional-office@fs.fed.us with “Inyo National Forest Plan Revision objection” or “Inyo National Forest Species of Conservation Concern objection” in the subject line. Electronic submissions must be submitted in one of the common formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .txt).
  • Send faxed objections to: (707)-562-9049. The fax coversheet must include a subject line with “Inyo National Forest Plan Revision objection” or “Inyo National Forest Species of Conservation Concern objection” and should specify the number of pages being submitted. Legal Notice (link to document).

Fact Sheet: How to file an objection

Objection forms

Where We Have Come From: Supporting documents from the planning process

If you are interested in reviewing the documents that were used in the development of the draft plan, please visit Region 5 Planning Page.

However, please note that these documents have been revised based upon public comment and are incorporated in the final plan.

Travel Analysis Process

The Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule and requires that forests provide a safe, financially, and environmentally sustainable road system that can realistically be maintained.
Link to Travel Analysis Process.

Features

Final Wilderness Plan and EIS

2001 Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Impact Impact Statement for John Muir, Ansel Adams and Dinkey Lakes Wildernesses.


 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/landmanagement/planning