The Forest Service will host the third round of Community Collaborative Workshops for the Blue Mountains forest plan revision in ten communities across the area. The first workshop will be in La Grande on April 12.
The Enterprise workshop is April 13 at Cloverleaf Hall on at the county fairgrounds. Each workshop will run from 6 to 9 p.m., although the doors will open at 5:30 to allow time to view information displays related to discussion topics.
These workshops will include an update and overview of the 2004 Planning Rule, and will also focus on reviewing and discussing management categories, wild and scenic river inventories, and the inventory of areas with wilderness potential.
The Forest Plan Revision Team will present these topics, answer questions, and will give participants information about how to comment on them.
To allow participants time to review the workshop materials prior to attending, the information will be available in early April on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/blue_mtn_planrevision and at local Forest Service offices. Posting this information on the website and at local Forest Service offices also provides an opportunity for people to get the information and submit comments if they cannot attend a workshop.
"Almost 600 people have participated in the 20 workshops we have held since last June," said Dave Schmitt, Team Leader for the revision effort, "While we are building on our past work together we welcome new participants at any point in the process. We want to work together, and we have a lot of work to do before the Revised Forest Plans are ready in the fall of 2007."
The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests are revising their Land and Resource Management Plans. These 'Forest Plans' provide broad direction to the Forest Service about how to manage the natural resources on national forest lands. The three Blue Mountains national forests comprise about 5.3 million acres in northeast Oregon, southeast Washington, and west-central Idaho.
Through a continuing series of Community Collaborative Workshops, the Revision Team is working collaboratively with local communities, state and federal agencies, and tribes across the Blue Mountains. The goal is to work together to develop a vision for the future management of the national forests of the Blue Mountains, create the building blocks that will be used in the new Forest Plans, identify the things in the current Forest Plans that are not working, and craft a revision proposal.
Up-to-date workshop information and materials as well as all materials from past workshops are located on forest plan revision website at www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/blue_mtn_planrevision.