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Sequoia National Forest to hold public meetings

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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. Input can be provided through the Living Assessment WIKI, or by hardcopy or e-mail, delivered to 1839 South Newcomb St., Porterville, CA  93257, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The topic papers are available for public review and feedback through July 31, 2013Workshops and a webinar will be held for anyone interested in learning more about the topic papers for the Sequoia National Forest. Each workshop will consist of presentations and opportunities for questions regarding the various topic papers and the Forest Plan revision process.·        Tuesday, July 9, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1839 So. Newcomb St., Porterville, 6:00-8:00 p.m.·        Wednesday, July 10, Webinar (for those unable to attend a meeting), 10:00 a.m.–noon.·        Thursday, July 11, Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 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. Please contact Maria Ulloa, Forest Planner, at 559-784-1500, extension 1160, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information about the topic papers, meetings, or to register for the webinar. More information on Forest Plan Revision is available on the Sequoia National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sequoia/ForestPlanRevision

 

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Inyo NF to Host Public Meeting on 2013 Travel Management Implementation

The Inyo National Forest will host two public meetings this spring to share the latest information about the status and plans for implementation of the 2009 Motorized Travel Management decision for the Inyo National Forest.

The meetings will be held on: Tuesday June 11 - Mammoth Lakes Community Center, 1000 Forest Trail, 6:00 to 7:30 pm Thursday June 13 - Inyo National Forest Supervisors Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop (behind DMV office on Line St.), 6:00 to 7:30 pm

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Construction Begins on Boardwalk at Trail of 100 Giants

Giant Sequoia in Giant Sequoia National Monument

Giant Sequoia in Giant Sequoia National Monument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SPRINGVILLE, CA June 6, 2013 — Trail of 100 Giants, located in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest will be partially closed to travelers for the next couple of months. Construction of the boardwalk alongside the fallen sequoias will begin as early as Monday, June 10th and is expected to last sixty days.

The Sequoia National Forest has contracted with Tate Nagle of “DBA Nagle Earthworks” to construct the boardwalk to fully reopen this trail to the public. “Two giant sequoias fell onto the trail in September 2011 which blocked access for those with disabilities to continue around this loop trail, I would like to see this loop opportunity re-opened to all visitors,” stated Western Divide District Ranger Rick Stevens.

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Inyo NF Topic Papers Released, Public Meetings Set

Dear Forest Stakeholder:  I am pleased to announce a series of meetings to continue dialogue and receive input from the public and interested stakeholders for the Forest Plan Revision process. These meetings follow multiple meetings in March and April—attended by many of you—to launch the Forest Plan Revision process. Forest Plans provide direction and zoning for the management of a wide range of resources and activities on National Forests, such as water, wildlife, timber, and recreation. The Inyo’s Forest Plan was completed in 1988.

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ElDorado NF issues Supplemental EIS for comment

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The Forest Service, Eldorado National Forest, has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Travel Management Project to designate 42 specific existing routes for public motorized use, and is inviting comments on the draft document. The document analyzes four different alternatives. It is organized in two parts. Volume 1 contains the analysis, and Volume 2 contains maps for each alternative. I have identified Alternative 3 as my preferred alternative at this point in time.

The DSEIS is available for review on the web at http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado/. A printed copy may also be viewed at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667; at the Placerville Ranger District Office located at 4260 Eight Mile Road, Camino, CA 95709; at the Pacific Ranger District Office located at 7887 Highway 50, Pollock Pines, CA 95726-9602; and at the Amador Ranger District Office located at 26820 Silver Drive, Pioneer, CA 95666.

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West coast log exports up slightly in third quarter of 2012

China retains dominant position as largest importer of West coast logs

PORTLAND, Ore. November 27, 2012. Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased about nine percent in the third quarter of 2012, totaling 412 million board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, lumber exports decreased about eight percent to 186 million board feet, compared to the second quarter of this year.

“Sixty-two percent of West coast log exports went to China during the third quarter,” said Xiaoping Zhou, a research economist with the station who compiled the data. “China increased its importation of West coast logs to over 257 million board feet, an increase of 30 percent from the second quarter of this year.”

According to Zhou, although China’s economy has slowed down during the last few quarters, the country will retain its dominant position in the West coast’s log export market for the next few quarters—or, even, the next few years.

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