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New Wild and Scenic plan designations possible

USFS taking comment through map website

A map view from the Wild and Scenic Rivers website.

Credit: USFS graphic
A map view from the Wild and Scenic Rivers website.



Through a new website, the Forest Service is receiving comments on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are being sought from the public as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process.

The project website, http://arcg.is/2vKptmI, consists of 10 parts the US Department of Agriculture is calling a “story map,” which describes how and why the rivers evaluation is proceeding and shows which river segments are so far being called eligible for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The eligibility maps are found under parts four and five of the website, and part 10 allows for public comment on particular river segments.

The website also lists nine public comments dating back to the middle of August.

The Free Press reported the website’s existence Aug. 1, as part of a larger report on the possibility that new Wild and Scenic River designations may follow from the Forest Plan Revision process. The Aug. 1 report is online at http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/news/2017/aug/02/area-river-segments-evaluated-wild-and-scenic-poss/.

The website had technical problems for a couple of weeks, but is now fully operational.

While there is no formal deadline for submitting comments, the forest is asking comments be submitted by Sept. 15.



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