Forest Service releases draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans for Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests
The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and six tribal forums.
Kernville, CA, December 22, 2015 – Ongoing drought and beetle-infestation have killed many trees on Forest Service lands near homes, powerlines and along roadsides near the community of Alta Sierra. To promote public safety and forest health, the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is preparing a categorical exclusion for the Summit Healthy Forest Project (Summit CE), which will remove overstocked green trees, as well as trees that are dead and dying or pose hazards within 1,100 acres of Forest land around the Alta Sierra community.
Forest Service shares draft evaluations of potential areas for wilderness recommendation in forest plan revisions
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region released a draft evaluations of lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This list covers Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests.
No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only the Congress can designate wilderness.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region is sharing additional information regarding 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.
In July, we provided our draft proposed SCC lists and asked for public feedback on those documents. In response to the public feedback we received then, we are now sharing the screening criteria we used to develop the draft proposed lists.
Forest Service shares Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory and eligibility findings as part of forest plan revisions
VALLEJO, California, December 15, 2015 - The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region is sharing our Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory, eligibility and classification findings for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. We completed this process as part of our efforts to revise the land and resource management plans (forest plans) for these national forests.
As part of the current assessment phase, the Forest Service has developed a series of topic papers and made them available for review and feedback in the Living Assessment WIKI on Our Forest Place, www.ourforestplace.ning.com. On the Our Forest Place website, click Living Assessment at the top of the page. On the Living Assessment page, click Assessment Chapters on the left side of the page or at the bottom of the page. The next page lists the topic papers by chapters, and by the area they cover (Bio-region, Sierra NF, Sequoia NF, Inyo NF). Clicking on the Sequoia NF link will take you to the topic paper for that chapter specific to the Sequoia National Forest.
These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss the forest assessment topics in greater detail with members of the Sequoia Forest Plan Revision team. During this assessment phase of the Forest Plan Revision process, the public can share key information they have about the forest and raise specific interests and concerns.
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