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 trends for the entire Sierra Cascades.  The draft report is succinct, integrating information from the 15 topic papers on Our Living Assessment, an online Wiki website.  The Assessment addresses ecological, social and economic sustainability of five themes that are overarching across the entire bio-region: Water Quality and Quantity, Fire Resilience, Sustainable Recreation, Ecological Integrity and Community Resilience.


Each forest will be able to draw on the Bio-Regional Assessment as a foundation for revising the forest plans.  Each forest will also conduct its forest-level assessment in addition to the Bio-Regional Assessment.


We welcome your feedback to help us improve the draft Bio-Regional Assessment.  The deadline for providing information to be considered in the final report is June 15, 2013.  An email address has been established for gathering our feedback -

  Link to Bio-Regional Assessment


When you are reviewing the document and submitting feedback, please consider:

1) Clarity of the document;

2) Indentification of overarching themes, including:

  • Appropriateness at the bio-regional scale
  • Broad level of interest
  • Sustainability
  • Linkages to the 15 topic papers
  • Influence on forest plans
  • Consistency with the Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration and the 2012 Planning Rule

3) Meeting the purpose of the document, including:

  • Use of a transparent and collaborative approach
  • Content for forest assessments on cross-cutting themes
  • Trends for an expanded area
  • Identification of overarching themes and pressures on the landscape
  • Understanding how systems work
  • What is working well at the large, landscape scale
  • Information to support the need for change
  • A view beyond forest boundaries during the planning process

Your feedback is welcome and highly valued!

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Comment by karla J. Hawley on May 22, 2013 at 9:21am

We are very excited about receiving input on the draft.  Thanks everyone for taking a look at the Bio-Regional Assessment!

Comment by Sonja Lin on May 21, 2013 at 5:51pm

In case anyone is looking, the draft, as well as additional information, can be found at

Looking forward to everyone's feedback!


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