Grangeville, ID--After hosting five successful Community Meetings and a very successful Summit Weekend to build understanding of the new Forest Plan Revision process, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be hosting the first two sessions to begin working with the Revision Collaborative. The first meeting will be this Saturday, November 10th at the Supervisor’s Office in Grangeville. The next session will be December 1st at the Supervisor’s Office in Orofino. The Revision Collaborative was formed at the Summit and is comprised of about 60 persons including County Commissioners, Citizens, Interest Group representatives, Forest Service Interdisciplinary Team members, and Partner Agency representatives; basically anyone interested in committing the time and effort to collaborate and help the Forest Service revise the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest plans. This collaborative effort will provide important supporting information to the Forest Supervisor for the plan revision.
These two initial working sessions will focus the Revision Collaborative on building recommendations for Forest wide direction for resources managed by the Forest Plan. These consensus building sessions will incorporate diverse views of participants as well as input received through the e-collaboration platform. The newly developing e-collaboration platform provides an avenue for any interested person to provide input into the Revision Collaborative. Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell feels that e-collaboration is critical to this effort because the National Forests belong to the American public and few can take the time to attend the monthly Collaborative meetings.
Rick Brazell would like to invite all who can to participate in the collaborative Forest Plan revision process to participate in the upcoming meetings. The Revision Collaborative will meet at least one weekend per month for the next 6 to 9 months. Individuals who were unable to attend the summit, but are still interested in participating, are welcome at the Grangeville and Orofino sessions to become more fully informed about the process. In addition to the e-collaboration, we will also be having community check-ins to share information with those who cannot participate more fully. If you would like to learn more about the Revision Collaborative as either an e-participant or a meeting participant, please go to the Forest Plan Revision website for more information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperce/landmanagement/planning or contact Carol Hennessey, Collaboration Coordinator at email@example.com or Cell: 208.451.6273.