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Baker City Session Added to Schedule of Forest Plan Meetings

Hells Canyon Journal of Halfway, Oregon

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A meeting on proposed revisions to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur National Forests will take place in Baker City on Monday, November 9. The meeting was added to the original slate of meetings announced in last week's Hells Canyon Journal.

The meeting in Baker City will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at the Baker Event Center, National Guard Armory, located at 1640 Campbell Street in Baker City.

A facilitator will be at the meetings to ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others and propose solutions.

In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and received over a thousand comment letters. Based in part on that feedback, the three Blue Mountains National Forests have worked with stakeholders to identify topics for further discussion, including the Pace and Scale of Restoration, Livestock Grazing, Access and Wilderness.

A Forest Plan describes the social, economic and ecological goals of a National Forest and provides a framework for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each National Forest to prepare a Forest Plan and revise it every 15 years to address changing needs and conditions. The current Forest Plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla and Malheur National Forests are from 1990, and Forest Service officials note that conditions in the region have changed significantly since that time.

Meeting summaries from previous Forest Plan Revision meetings are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision, and the notes from new meetings will be posted there as well.

For more information, contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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