EUREKA, Calif., February 19, 2015 – The Six Rivers National Forest, along with five other Northern California forests in the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest (CA) Region and 13 forests in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) Region, is set to begin a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.
“This is an opportunity for us to engage and collaborate with our forest communities, to share what we’ve learned since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted, and to listen to the public’s ideas and concerns for the future of our forests,” said Merv George, forest supervisor for the Six Rivers.
To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service is holding a series of public listening sessions March 17, 2015, in Portland, Oregon; March 18, 2015, in Seattle, Washington; and March 25, 2015, in Redding, California. The Forest Service will announce session times and location details as they become available.
A neutral, third-party consultant, Triangle Associates, Inc., is currently conducting preliminary outreach to a few dozen individuals representing a wide array of perspectives. These interviews will help shape the listening sessions and help the Forest Service consider the types of issues that should be addressed through the revision process.
The land management plans within the Northwest Forest Plan area guide how resources will be managed for 15 to 20 years. These plans are now due for revision.
“Since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted 20 years ago, there have been many advances in natural resource research and monitoring,” said Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester. “We are committed to using the best available science in revising these land management plans.”
The plans will be revised under the 2012 planning rule, which places a strong emphasis on public engagement and collaboration.
The Northwest Forest Plan was created in 1994 with the intent of protecting the critical habitat of the northern spotted owl while maintaining a viable forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Plan amended 26 land use plans, spanning 24 million acres of Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service-managed lands in Northern California, and western Oregon and Washington. In California, the Plan amended land and resource management plans for the Klamath, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests.
More information about this process, times and location details of the listening sessions will be posted soon on the Forest Service Regional web pages:
· Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) – www.fs.usda.gov/r6/
· Pacific Southwest (CA) – www.fs.usda.gov/r5/