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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South August 2019 Report

Forest Service - Comment period has closed on the USFS request for comments on the proposed NEPA rule change update the analysis and documentation of Categorical Exclusions.  This is a small, but important, point within the National Environmental Policy Act.  NEPA requires agencies to disclose and analyze the potential impacts their management decisions will have con the natural environment.  This has lead to overly cautious administrative process that subjects a majority of management decision to an Environmental Assessment or a more complex Environmental Impact Statement.

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From the Landuse Frontlines...

March 2019 - The “administrative” issues are many in number and have a major impact on OHV recreation. Forest Plan revisions are high priority at the federal level while State Parks re-organization and SVRA plan updates are a high priority at the state level.

Nineteen national forests are wholly or partially within the borders of California and are important recreation destinations for Cal4Wheel members.  Of those, the four southern California Forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino and Cleveland) have current forest plans.  The Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo NFs have forest plan revisions in progress.  The Inyo NF is now in the “objection” phase.  On behalf of Cal4Wheel, I attended meetings and submitted comments to the proposed Forest Plan revisions.  The final draft for the Inyo NF has been released and, on behalf of Cal4Wheel, I submitted objections to the proposed final plan.  Those objections have been deemed valid concerns to be addressed prior to the final plan release.  A conference was scheduled for Feb 19-21 to address my objections along with objections of others.

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Northwest Forest Plan Updates

Northwest Forest Plan Updates

This newsletter is designed to provide information and updates on efforts to modernize the national forest plans within the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) amendment area. 

What is the NWFP?

The NWFP is a landscape approach to public land management designed to protect threatened and endangered species in late successional and old-growth habitats, while also contributing to social and economic sustainability in the region. The NWFP was completed in 1994 and amended 19 National Forest and 7 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource management plans. These plans provide guidance for how public lands and resources will be managed for a period of time, usually 10-15 years. The NWFP initiated a new approach to public land management, encompassing 24 million acres of land across California, Oregon and Washington. 

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