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Draft Plans Released for Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia Forests

Forest Service LogoForest 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.

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Recommended Wilderness List Released

USFS LogoForest 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.

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Species of Conservation Concern Comments Sought

USFS LogoThe 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.

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Wild and Scenic River Comments Sought

USFS LogoForest 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.

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Forest Plan Revision is underway for the Inyo National Forest!

English: Great Basin Bristlecone Pine in Inyo ...

Great Basin Bristlecone Pine in Inyo National Forest, White Mountains, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Inyo National Forest is currently seeking input on the Forest Assessment topic papers. The topic papers describe current conditions and expected trends and identify information or knowledge gaps for a range of social, economic, and ecological resources, including recreation, water, timber, and rare wildlife and plant species.

Public feedback on the topic papers received by September 1st will be considered as the papers are completed and used in the development of the Assessment Report.

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BLM Bishop and Inyo NF Announce Fire Restrictions

Mount Whitney - Inyo National Forest

Mount Whitney - Inyo National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Effective Friday, June 28, the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.

The restrictions are in effect on all BLM public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office and all Inyo National Forest lands, including wilderness areas.

“Ongoing drought conditions, well below average rain and snowfall this past winter and warmer than average temperatures have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,” said Inyo National Forest Supervisor, Ed Armenta. “We are experiencing very high fire danger and continued hot and dry weather patterns here in the eastern Sierra.”

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