The Forest Service is throwing an invitation-only party for “key stakeholders.” How do you know if you’re a “key stakeholder?” Well, have you been invited? No? There’s your answer.
The party is to revise the nation’s most important forest plan — the Northwest Forest Plan. Remember it? It either saved 8 million irreplaceable old-growth forest acres from the ax or it devastated Pacific Northwest rural economies, or both. Regardless, it was (and is) a big deal. A lot of people believe they have a stake in it.
But only a handful have been anointed as “key” stakeholders; those to whom the Forest Service wants to give special attention. Here’s the invite that most readers of this blog did not get:
The U.S. Forest Service would like your input on the process for revising land management plans within the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) area.
The NWFP was created in 1994 with the intent of protecting the critical habitat of the northern spotted owl, while maintaining a viable forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest. In total, the NWFP amended 26 land use plans, including 19 National Forest System and seven Bureau of Land Management plans. The NWFP established standards and guidelines to approach forest management in a scientifically-based way. As the USFS begins the forest plan revision process, we are interested in gathering input from the public and key stakeholders on the scope, scale, timing and sequence of this revision process. We will invite this feedback through a series of listening sessions early this spring.
We have identified you as a key stakeholder with interest in the NWFP and the forest revision processes. In advance of these listening sessions, staff from a neutral, third-party consulting firm hired by the USFS will contact you. This consulting firm, Triangle Associates, will request a phone interview with you to take place sometime in February. Your input into this process is highly valued and we hope you are willing to participate.
If you have questions, please let me know. Thank you very much in advance for participating with us.
And for those who didn’t get their embossed invitation, well, I suppose your input isn’t as “highly valued.”
Sucks to be you.