As of Tuesday, July 15, 2014
GRANGEVILLE Community meetings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the team that continues to shepherd a new management plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Meetings will be held 6-8 p.m. five locations July 22-Aug. 4, including one at the Forest Service Grangeville Office July 24. Others set for Orofino on July 22, Lewiston on July 28, Moscow on July 30 and Lolo, Mont. on Aug. 4.
The Forest Service is asking for public comments on proposed actions that may shape how the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are managed for decades.
Comments or questions about plan revision can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who prefer regular mail, written comments can be mailed to Forest Plan Revision, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 903 3rd Street, Kamiah, ID 83536. Comments can be submitted via the Collaborative Mapping Website at http://my.usgs.gov/ppgis/studio/launch/4290.
Documents including large scale color maps and the 2014 assessment are available online: http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater. Or contact Timory Peel, 935-2513.
The Forest Service released a 150-page “proposed action” — a preliminary proposal to change the existing forest plans — last Friday, July 11. This document is available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5447338.
According to this document, of the nearly 4 million acres that comprise the combined forests, about 65 percent is unproductive or otherwise encumbered by federal laws, such as those that designate wilderness, wildland recreation, and wild rivers.
About 1.3 million acres “may be suited for timber production” of which about half would be harvested only “for other resource objectives.” Even so, the Lewiston Tribune reported, the forest could plan to cut 58-150 million board feet annually.