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Public meetings on forest plans slated for March, April

BAKER CITY — The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan for the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman national forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest, is scheduled to be released to the public March 14 for a 90-day comment period.

On March 17, the first of twelve public meetings will begin to share information about the DEIS and Proposed Revised Forest Plan.

"Our goal is to develop a Forest Plan with public input, for all three forests that do the right thing for a landscape, while balancing the scoail and economic issues," said Kevin Martin, Umatilla Forest supervisor.

In 2010, after six years of collaborative work with the public, local, state and tribal governments, the Proposed Action was released for public comment. The comments were reviewed and analyzed, and the following issues were identified: access, ecological resilience (restoration), economic and social well-being, livestock grazing/grazing land vegetation, old forest, and wilderness. Based on these issues, a series of alternatives have been developed and analyzed in the DEIS. 

"We are now at the point in the NEPA process where we release the DEIS and Draft Forest Plan for the public to comment on the range of alternatives and analysis of the alternatives in the DEIS. The alternatives vary in terms of plan components such as the management areas, suitable uses, desired conditions, standards and guidelines, objectives and monitoring," said John Laurence, Wallowa-Whitman Forest supervisor. "Over the next year or so, we will be working together with interested public to finalize a Forest Plan for each forest. We hope by the end of summer 2015 to have Forest Plans in place for each forest to guide implementation."

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Meetings:

March 20 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Cloverleaf Hall, 668 NW 1st St. (Hwy. 3) in Enterprise

March 25 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Baker County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2600 East Street in Baker City

March 26 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th Street in La Grande

March 27 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Lions Hall, 235 Lion Street in Halfway

Umatilla National Forest Meetings:

April 1 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Pendleton Convention Center, West Rooms 3 and 4, 1601 Westgate

April 2 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Heppner City Hall, 111 North Main

April 3 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Fair Grounds Youth Building, Coumbia Co. Engineer's Office, 1 North Pine in Dayton, Wash.

April 4 • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 West 10th Avenue in Kennewick, Wash. 

 
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