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June 2014 Public Workshops

The U.S. Forest Service will host a series of public workshops for forest plan revisions on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. These workshops follow those the Forest Service hosted in January. At those workshops, the public provided feedback on the Forest Service’s preliminary Need to Change, Draft Roles and Contributions, and example Desired Conditions. The public is welcome at any of the three upcoming workshops:

  • Sierra NF: Monday, June 16,…

Added by Latanga Rush on June 3, 2014 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Upcoming Public Meetings Postponed

The U.S. Forest Service is postponing a series of public meetings scheduled for forest plan revisions on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. These meetings were originally scheduled for April 7, 8 and 10. The Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, which was previously scheduled to be published in early April, will be postponed as well. The Notice of Intent marks the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act process. 

Dates for the…


Added by Sonja Lin on March 27, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Call for nominations to the Forest Service Planning Rule Advisory Committee

This could be our chance to get someone from California on the committee !!

"The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule was re-established on February 3, 2014, in the public interest, to continue providing advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 17, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Forest Plan Revision Public Workshops

The Forest Service is hosting public workshops to offer information about the forest plan revision process, explain the key themes of each forest plan to be revised, and gather public feedback on the preliminary Need to Change. The public is welcome at any of the upcoming workshops. Each workshop will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. with presentations by Forest Service staff. There will be time for small group sessions to learn about specific topics addressed in the preliminary Need to Change, and…


Added by Latanga Rush on January 23, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region moves forward with Forest Plan Revisions

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region has released the final assessments for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests, the Bio-regional assessment, and a preliminary Need to Change document. The public is invited to provide feedback on the Need to Change document, which will drive how the Forest Service revises its management plans.

The assessments were completed with lengthy public involvement and gathered existing relevant information on…


Added by Latanga Rush on December 31, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Post Your Events

OFP is the perfect place to post upcoming events related to your area, your organization, or your interests !! Posting events is easy to to.

Just click on "+Add an Event" in the Events section. The window that opens up will prompt you to enter all of the information that prospective…


Added by Erica Schachtell on June 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Crowdbrite Available to Provide Feedback on the Bio-Regional Assessment!

On May 30, 2013 the Sierra Cascades Dialog was held in Sacramento, California to learn about, gain understanding, and provide feedback on the Draft Bio-Regional Assessment for the Sierra Cascades Bio-Region…


Added by Judi Tapia on June 7, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Bio-Regional Assessment Released!!!

The R5 Regional Planning Team is proud to announce the posting of the draft Bio-Regional Assessment.  The Assessment is part of the initial work underway as the Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests revise their forest plans.  The Bio-Regional Assessment focuses on existing conditions and…


Added by Judi Tapia on May 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Public Television Screening of Green Fire on KQED World this Saturday, Apr. 13th @ 4pm

This is a 2012 Emmy Award-winning documentary about environmentalist Aldo Leopold.

For more information visit the KQED website or the program's official website. See the trailer below!


Added by Sonja Lin on April 12, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – there's always a way


Well, it turns out that there is always a way to get things done.  We started searching.  On the Angeles, partners had created a yahoo group for folks who had missed public meetings.  This simple approach enabled people to share information and communicate with each other in a sphere that was outside of direct FS control.  They had used the post-Station Fire unification (mentioned in Chapter 3) as the impetus for starting and maintaining…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 26, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 6

Chapter 6 – today


The team went home – except for me.  I stayed because I work here in California, at the Regional Office in Vallejo. I went back to my staff, but my director agreed to share my time with the planning staff so that I could maintain our online tools.  I did my best to keep it up while the new team was being recruited, but it all honesty, it was faltering. There was not enough growth, and there was not enough activity.  In our zeal to accommodate imagined…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – uh, what are we supposed to do?


We busily read the Proposed Rule.  We highlighted and discussed various paragraphs of text.  We visited the USDA’s webpages and blogs and searched for direction and insight. We met every day and brainstormed a multitude of overarching concepts and action items. And then we started talking with folks. 

Some of the first people we spoke with were Eli Ilano (from the Tahoe NF) and Jeff Marsolais (from the Lake Tahoe…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – it’s all connected, but how?


Water, transmission lines, fires, threatened and endangered species, grazing, tourism, …  The list of issues quickly became overwhelming. We sought a connecting thread between all issues, so that we could use that connectedness as a starting point.  We were invited to a Regional Leadership Team meeting, where all of the Forest Supervisors and staff directors were present. The gathering abounded with thoughtful discussions and…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – advice


Someone told us “people flock to good working ideas that have momentum.” Another said “don’t hide holes, gaps, and inconsistent messages.  Instead, address them honestly.” Others said “Any resulting content has to be accessible and searchable, with persistent discussions visible to all so that people can see comments and responses among participants.” And “We need to move away from the FS being the ‘convener’ of the discussions, and move toward the FS…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

History of OFP - Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – a new rule


If we follow the history of OFP all the way back to its humble beginnings, we find that it all starts with the Proposed Planning Rule, published in the Federal Register in February2011.  Here in Region 5 (the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service) there was a new Ecosystem Planning staff director named Joe Stringer who saw the new Rule as a departure from the past and an opportunity to do things differently. So he proposed the assembly of a 4…


Added by Erica Schachtell on March 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Thanks to all for joining the social, cultural, and economic conditions webinar yesterday!

We had a great webinar yesterday on Social, Cultural, and Economic conditions in the bio-region (based on information from Chapter 6 on the Living Assessment). Thanks to all who attended and for all of your great questions and feedback!

Unfortunately the audio portion of the webinar…


Added by Sonja Lin on March 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Living Assessment pages open for editing!

     Thank you for your patience.  We've re-opened the Bio-regional chapters on the Living Assessment back up today with one exception. Chapter 9 - Recreation had many suggestions and additions.  The Chapter team will require a few extra days to finish their edits and additions.  We'll re-open the page as soon a possible, but it could take as long as the end of the day on Friday.  In the meantime, please take a look at the…


Added by Don Yasuda on March 5, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Status update on the Living Assessment wiki

     The information contained on the Living Assessment continues to improve.  Several stakeholders have begun to add data and information to several of the chapters.  I'm a bit surprised though that several others have yet to engage.  We knew going into this that the use of a new approach would present challenges.  Maybe a little insight from my perspective will help improve the comfort level for using the site.…


Added by Don Yasuda on February 15, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Is fire bad or good?

Native Americans and others used fire for life survival for thousands of years...burning to improve food, basketry material and to clear travel routes. Then in the past 100 years, Europeans arrived and did an excellent job putting out fires. This has been getting more difficult in key situations lately, and more costly, when it is very dry, windy, terrain is rugged, or vegetation and fuels are dense and continuous.  More recently, many have realized that fires can be a very useful modern…


Added by Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman on February 11, 2013 at 2:03pm — 13 Comments

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