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Forest Service makes progress on plan revisions for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests

USFS LogoVALLEJO, California, May 5, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region continues to make progress revising the land and resource management plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

The Forest Service is revising the plans under the 2012 planning rule, which also tasks the agency with evaluating lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and addressing potential Wild and Scenic River (WSR) designations during plan revisions.

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Forest Service launches over-snow vehicle use designation analysis

The Forest Service will soon begin the process of preparing a separate environmental impact statement for each of the five forests: Lassen, Tahoe, Eldorado, Stanislaus, and Plumas National Forests. The environmental impact statements will be prepared as part of a staggered completion schedule (separated by several months for each of the five forests), starting with the Lassen National Forest. The Regional Forester’s office is coordinating this effort. The Forest Supervisor on each of the five forests will be the responsible official and will sign the final decision for each forest.

Public participation is essential for the project’s success and in helping identify issues and concerns to consider in the analysis. Before the Forest Service begins the environmental analysis, we encourage members of the public to attend upcoming open houses to learn more about this project, offer input for the upcoming National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and share information. Four of the five forests are hosting open houses in November. The Tahoe National Forest will host meetings after the NEPA process begins, sometime after December 2014.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:


•    Stanislaus National Forest: Monday, November 3, in Sonora, Calif. at the Best Western Sonora Oaks, 19551 Hess Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.
•    Eldorado National Forest: Tuesday, November 4, in Placerville, Calif. at the Best Western Placerville Inn, 6850 Green Leaf Drive, at 6:30 p.m.
•    Lassen National Forest: Wednesday, November 5, in Susanville, Calif. at the Lassen National Forest Supervisors Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, at 6:30 p.m.
•    Plumas National Forest: Thursday, November 6, in Quincy, Calif. at the Mineral Building on the Plumas County fairgrounds, 204 Fairgrounds Road, at 6:30 p.m.

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Forest Service Announces Public Meetings for Revised Forest Plans

§  6:00-8:00pm - Monday, September 15, Sierra National Forest, Holiday Inn, 5090 East Clinton Way, Fresno, CA§  6:00-8:00pm - Tuesday, September 16, Sequoia National Forest, Supervisor’s Office, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA§  6:00-8:00pm - Thursday, September 18, Inyo National Forest, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CAThe NOI will inform the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.     For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at: www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.For forest-specific information, please contact that forest directly:Inyo NF: Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NF: Alicia Embrey at 559-784-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NF: Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 x4805 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Public Workshops on the Sierra, Sequoia, and Inyo NFs announced

Sierra NF: Monday, January 27, 2014, FresnoHoliday Inn Fresno Airport, 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727 Sequoia NF : Tuesday, January 28, 2014, BakersfieldDouble Tree Hotel, 3100 Camino del Rio Ct., Bakersfield, CA 93308 Inyo NF: Thursday, January 30, 2014, BishopInyo NF Supervisor's Office, 351 Pacu Lane Suite 200, Bishop, CA 93514 Each workshop will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. with presentations by Forest Service staff. There will be time for small group sessions to learn about specific topics addressed in the preliminary Need to Change, and time to offer feedback.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the Need to Change document, which will drive how the Forest Service revises its management plans. All of these documents may be viewed on-line at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning

For more information regarding forest plan revisions and documents to be shared at the public workshops, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning

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Streamlined Planning Process Announced for Forest Plan Revision in Region 5

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The rule focuses on the role of the forest within the larger landscape, with consideration given to all lands throughout the three phases of forest plan revision; assessment, plan development, and monitoring. Currently, the forests are finalizing the assessment phase of the process. Assessment Reports will be completed individually for each forest, as will a separate Forest Plan and Record of Decision. A combined EIS will provide efficiencies in a number of areas: completing one EIS will be more efficient due to shared landscapes, similar issues, and common stakeholders. Public review and comment periods held during the planning process will be combined for the three forests, allowing the public to consolidate comments applicable to all forests, or to submit comments for individual forests. In addition, a consolidated team will conduct the planning process for all three forests simultaneously. As well as overlapping landscapes and users, each unit does have distinct issues and opportunities that will be addressed separately for each forest. Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta will remain the responsible official with the responsibility to oversee the planning process and to approve a final plan for the Inyo National Forest. The Inyo National Forest will schedule public meetings later in the fall to inform interested parties about the Inyo National Forest Assessment Report, which will be released for public review in October and finalized in December 2013. The Assessment Report will be based on the information contained in the 15 resource “topic papers” that were available for public review through September 1st, and will consider the public feedback provided on those topic papers. Initiation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is expected in early 2014. For more information about Forest Plan Revision on the Inyo National Forest planning process and for a schedule of public meetings, see www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/landmanagement/planning . Questions can be directed to Susan Joyce at 873-2516 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. more information about Forest Plan Revision on the Sierra National Forest, please call Judi Tapia at: 559-297-0706 ext. 4938 or email comments: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Comments can also be hard copy mailed to: Sierra National Forest (Draft Sierra Assessment), 1600 Tollhouse Rd., Clovis, CA. 93611.

For more information about Forest Plan Revision on the Sequoia National Forest, please contact Maria Ulloa, Forest Planner, at 559-784-1500, extension 1160, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information on Forest Plan Revision is available on the Sequoia National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sequoia/ForestPlanRevision

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