Forest Service shares species of conservation concern information for forest plan revisions

VALLEJO, California, July 29, 2015 - The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region is sharing our draft proposed species of conservation concern (SCC) lists as part of the land and resource management plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. We are asking for public input that provides additional scientific information that may affect the draft proposed SCC lists.

 

The process for plan revision includes indicating species of conservation concern for each plan area. Developing a draft proposed SCC list for each national forest is one step in that process.

 

Through the SCC process, we determine if there is a concern about a particular species' ability to persist within the forest. If there is a concern, we design elements of the forest plan to provide the habitat conditions that will enable the species to persist on the forest. For more information on the SCC lists, visit our webpage: http://go.usa.gov/37tD3 

 

We are asking the public to share their expertise by providing input to support or not support our draft proposed SCC lists. Feedback is most useful if submitted by August 14, 2015, via electronic mail to: r5planrevision@fs.fed.us Please include "SCC lists" in the subject line.

 

In August 2014, the Forest Service began the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for forest plan revision on the three forests. Since then, we have been developing a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and completing the analysis outlined by the 2012 Planning Rule. We anticipate releasing the draft EIS and draft forest plans for public comment and review later this year.

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Comment by Denise Adamic on July 30, 2015 at 3:35pm

Thanks, Erica! That's the hope - that we can keep people engaged and part of the process.

Comment by Erica Schachtell on July 30, 2015 at 3:25pm

i love how this makes it so easy for ppl to submit feedback and participate in the process, Denise. Right on !! 

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