In keeping with its long tradition, the Forest Service has provided gifts to the public of work to do over the holidays on forest plans. (At least there’s no government shutdown to complicate the math this year.)
The Tonto National Forest on December 13 released a draft revised land management plan and draft environmental impact statement for public review and comment. The comment period ends March 12.
Environmental groups took issue with the December 20 release of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest draft forest plan revision and environmental impact statement, writing to the forest supervisor that it effectively removes about two weeks from the 90-day comment period.
While the draft revised Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan was also scheduled to come out in December, it is now expected in February.
Meanwhile, the Bitterroot National Forest may have given up on revising its 32 year old forest plan. It started a 30-day comment period on December 17 for a proposed plan amendment to address elk management. (Oddly, the scoping letter indicates that they seem to think they can change elk management without the substantive requirements for other species being “directly related.”)
Happy new decade of forest planning!