As of Tuesday, January 16, 2018
We attended the Forest Service two-day Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop in Orofino last Wednesday and Thursday and I promised to report on the outcome. Representatives for U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo and U.S. Representative Labrador were in attendance.
It was similar to the original Forest Plan Revision process where the USFS presented topics, provided some background, defined a direction for group breakouts/input and then summarized afterwards. There were 4 areas that were covered on Wednesday, and three on Thursday. Although the entire group heard the overviews of the seven areas of focus (recommended wilderness, forest vegetation & timber harvest, geographic and special area planning, aquatic & riparian strategy, wild & scenic river suitability, recreation & access, elk habitat and security), you could only realistically participate in one group session each day. However, one may submit comments, information, etc. in the coming weeks (four or five) on any or all through electronic, written, telephonic or one or two other meetings.
Cheryl Probert, Nez Perce-Clearwater Supervisor, said that they had received 14,000 comments on the revision (don’t know how many were form letters). That’s almost like a comment from every person in Idaho County. If you didn’t write one, who wrote your letter for you? If you need information on who’s on first – need a scorecard – e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As indicated above, one of the topics was proposed wilderness. When the last go around (RARE II) of wilderness designations resulted in the Gospel-Hump and Frank Church wildernesses, the promise had been no more. Subsequently, the large remaining tracts of roadless and primitive areas were contested and eventually ended up in the Idaho Roadless Rule areas, of which approximately 1.5 million acres are in the Nez Perce/Clearwater. How much of it will be proposed for wilderness is up for debate, but the environmentalists are purported to want all.
I’ll touch on some of the other topics next week.
The next class in cheese making, Cheesemaking II, will take place from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 at the Elk City Community Church. Everyone will go home with cheese and a “torta” plus a bottle of rennet and a dairy kefir starter. To sign up for the class see Cindy Henry, drop a note P.O. Box 505, or e-mail: email@example.com. The fee is $20 with a limit of eight people. If you want to “audit,” it costs nothing.
Of the 70 or so elk in the Elk Creek Road herd, I could see one bull (see photo, previous page).
Kim Wolfrum, the “House Call” Vet, will be in Elk City Jan. 17-18. Call her at 208-553-9283 for an appointment.
Anniversaries: Walt and Rachel Smith
Birthdays: Nora Lamar, Krystyna Sherrer, Gabe McManus, and Malcolm Layman.