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RAW: Have your say Wed., March 13, in Mammoth as the Inyo National Forest gears up for massive changes to forest plan

March 13, 2013

In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Inyo National Forest (INF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the 2012 Forest Service planning rule. The INF’s existing Forest Plan was completed in 1988 and has been amended multiple times since then. The Forest Plan provides direction and zoning for the management of a range of resources and activities such as water, wildlife, ecosystems, and recreation for the 2 million acre Inyo National Forest.

The INF is now prepared to initiate public participation in the first phase of the Forest Plan revision process, an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends. To this end, the INF has scheduled three public meetings / webinars in March and April of 2013. The goals of the meetings are to review the plan revision process and to solicit input on current forest conditions and relevant trends and drivers of forest change.

MEETINGS / WEBINARS DATE TIME LOCATION

March 13: Mammoth Lakes Kick-off Meeting / Webinar
Same as the Bishop meeting. March 13, 2013 6:00 to 8:30 pm Community Center, 1000 Forest Trail, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Webinar: See below to RSVP

April 4: Follow-up Technical Workshop / Webinar
While everyone is welcome to attend, this workshop is geared towards people who want to provide detailed input on specific scientific and technical concerns in the Forest Assessment. April 4, 2013 Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Session 2: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Participants are welcome to take part in either or both sessions. Forest Supervisor’s Office,
351 Pacu Lane, Bishop CA
Webinar: See below to RSVP
All three meetings are designed with a webinar component; please RSVP for webinars as described below. While meetings will be designed to encourage participation and learning by both in-person and remote participants, please note that people participating via webinar may find it difficult to actively engage in discussions given physical acoustics and the number of in-person participants.

Collaboration and Communication Plan
As part of its preparations to revise the 1988 Forest Plan, the INF has released the Forest Plan Revision Collaboration and Communication Plan. Developed based on information gathered from more than 50 stakeholder interviews and two public workshops held in the fall of 2012, the Collaboration and Communication Plan describes the public outreach, involvement and collaborative activities to be used throughout the Forest Plan revision process and is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5408463.pdf

Questions?
Please contact Susan Joyce, Forest Planner, at (760) 873-2516 or sejoyce@fs.fed.us for more information about the meetings or to register for the webinars. More information about the meetings and Forest Plan revision is available at www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/landmanagement/planning.

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