Here’s an article I found but can’t get the rest without a subscription.. someone on our blog probably lives around there.. could you help and excerpt some of the rest of the article?
Friends of the Clearwater members continued to protest the collaborative process to develop a management plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests during a Forest Service community meeting Monday, arguing it undermines the National Environmental Policy Act where public involvement should begin.
The combined forests were selected under a 2012 planning rule as one of eight early adopters in the nation, and since then a collaborative group has been formed by the Forest Service to provide recommendations for a new plan with work groups meeting monthly.
I have written to them to see if we can get their side of the story.
UPDATE from Matthew: I contacted Friends of the Clearwater and asked them for their letter to Secretary Vilsack, which JZ had requested in the comment thread to this post. The letter is available here: http://ncfp.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/secretary-vilsack.pdf.