Wenatchee, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) and Pacific Southwest (CA) Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area. The land management plans within the Northwest Forest Plan area guide how resources will be managed for 15 to 20 years. These plans are due for revision.
The Forest Service is currently in the pre-plan revision stage and is holding listening sessions to begin sharing information with the public and gathering feedback on things like how you would like to be engaged in plan revisions. Public feedback will be incorporated in different ways depending on the phase of plan revision.
The Forest Service held a series of preliminary listening sessions in March in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; and Redding, CA and additional listening sessions were held throughout Oregon and Washington in April and May. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest held one listening session in Wenatchee, WA on May 5th.
“We received much interest in holding an additional session in Okanogan County,” said Jason Kuiken, Deputy Forest Supervisor. “We’ve scheduled an evening session for June 11 to honor that request and to further our commitment to engaging with and listening to the concerns of our communities.”
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will host a Listening Session in Okanogan, WA on June 11, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Okanogan County PUD Auditorium, 1331 2nd Ave North,Okanogan, WA 98840.
The purposes of the sessions are to:
- Share our current thinking on plan revision,
- Share how science will inform the process, and
- Listen to ideas and thoughts about how to approach public engagement for forest plan revisions on each National Forest.
For more information please visit Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Forest Plan Revision website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/okawen/plan-revision or Spring 2015 Project Newsletter:http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3835961.pdf
National Forests throughout Oregon and Washington have been hosting listening sessions, additional information about the sessions is available here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/landmanagement/?cid=stelprd3831710
Background on Northwest Forest Plan
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 Washington.
Attending media please RSVP, Debbie Kelly, Public Affairs Specialist, 509-664-9247.
Learn more about the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest