Sequoia forest plan workshops being offered
Officials with the Sequoia National Forest are planning two workshops on the revision process of its 1988 Land and Resource Management Plan.
The Sequoia National Forest is one of three national forests in the Pacific Southwest region of the U.S. Forest Service to begin the process of revising its forest plan, implementing the new 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The planning rule directs that forest plans be science-based and developed in collaboration with stakeholders who are interested in the management of national forests.
Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Kevin Elliott said in a Jan. 10 letter to interested parties that the forest plan will seek to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife, while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. It will also provide opportunities for public involvement and collaboration through all stages of the planning process, as well as Tribal consultation and coordination with state and local governments and other federal agencies, Elliot states.
The workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about the revision process and will take place on the following times, dates, and locations:
- from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, Sequoia National Forest headquarters, 1839 S. Newcomb St. in Porterville
- from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, Oddfellows Hall, 40 Tobias Road in Kernville
Each workshop will consist of presentations and opportunities for questions. An initial orientation will discuss what a forest plan is and what it is not, and will introduce the Collaboration and Communication Plan. The second part of the workshop will give attendees opportunities to interact with members of the planning team.
The workshops will be facilitated by Laura Kaplan of the Center for Collaborative Policy.
For more information about the workshops or the planning process, visit wwww.fs.usda,gov.sequoia.org to join an online discussion forum, go to: www.ourforestplace.com.
Those with special needs should contact Mary Chislock, Public Affairs Officer, at 784-1500, ext. 1112, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.