Forest Service has posted more documents for public workshops

The Forest Service has posted 3 additional documents for the upcoming Forest Plan Revision meetings. These document are the timber suitablity maps. Visit the “What will be discussed” section on our website to learn more: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/planning/?cid=STELP...

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Comment by Steven B Porter on July 24, 2014 at 9:36am

I appreciate your response, but the only problem with the Forest Service NEPA phase communication and collaboration plan is that the Forest Service reverted back to old habits, making "collaboration" decisions without collaboration.

Comment by Sonja Lin on July 17, 2014 at 4:04pm

Hi all, I just wanted to add some clarifying information that I hope you will find helpful.

You are right, Steve. The Collaboration Model v. 2.0 was developed through extensive and valuable public involvement, including feedback received during a Sierra Cascades Dialog. This document continues to serve as the overarching collaboration strategy for forest plan revision on the early adopter national forests. Each early adopter national forest tiered to this overarching strategy, developing a spearate communication and collaboration plan for the assessment phase of plan revision. With the assessment phase now complete, an updated collaboration and communication plan, tiered to the overarching strategy, was developed for the NEPA phase of forest plan revision. The updated plan essentially picks up where the previous one ends, and they are complimentary, both tiered to the overarching strategy.  

Let us know if you have any follow-up questions! Thanks!

Comment by Erica Schachtell on July 14, 2014 at 2:22pm

what kinds of assurances do collaborators have that existing documents will be carried forward and/or incorporated into newer products, when forest service staffs change and new teams are formed or dissolved?

Comment by Steven B Porter on June 20, 2014 at 9:18am

If this is true, I am sorry to hear it. The Collaboration Model v2.0 was a draft that had a substantial amount of public input, and it was 20+ pages long. It has been replaced by a 5 page document that is little more than an outline and a document that has had no public input prior to becoming final. The documents probably don't lead to substantially different outcomes, but the agency action leads one to believe they care little for what the public thinks and will discard their input readily if the agency wants to pursue a different direction. I hope that the INF has not followed the Region in their approach to public input and communications.

Comment by Denise Adamic on June 18, 2014 at 11:21pm

Hi Steven; Yes, the 6/14/2014 communication plan is the most recent communication plan. For Inyo specific details, please contact Deb Schweizer 760-873-2427.

 

Comment by Steven B Porter on June 17, 2014 at 11:26am

I am curious. Does the Collaboration, Tribal and Public Involvement Plan dated 6/14/2014 replace the previous collaboration plans, i.e., there is a Forest Plan Revision Collaboration Model v2.0. There may also be a later version. There is also a Inyo National Forest specific Collaboration and Communication Plan. Does anyone know if this replaces all other plans or does it supplement them?

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