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USFS LogoVALLEJO, California, May 5, 2015 – The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region continues to make progress revising the land and resource management plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

The Forest Service is revising the plans under the 2012 planning rule, which also tasks the agency with evaluating lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and addressing potential Wild and Scenic River (WSR) designations during plan revisions.

Forest Service LogoForest Service hosts workshop on monitoring programs in forest management plans

SACRAMENTO, California (December 22, 2015) — The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a daylong workshop focused on how monitoring applies to the management of National Forests in California. This public event is part of the Sierra Cascades Dialog Sessions, which are one way the Forest Service engages the public on important issues across the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades.

Posted by on in Sequoia NF

USFS LogoLike the Sierra NF, the Sequoia NF Forest Plan Revision meeting unveiled four conceptional alternatives that will be the centerpiece of their plan revision.  The concepts cover eight topic areas; most prominent is Terrestrial Ecosystems with sub-divided into three distinct categories. Within a 24 hour period, no change.  And, no change was expected in the short time frame.

With this round of Forest Service public meeting, each forest (Sierra, Sequoia, and Inyo) are presenting the same basic conceptional alternatives.  However, the participants soliciting feedback from the public are different in each forest.

Posted by on in Sierra NF

USFS LogoSierra NF Forest Plan Revision meeting held Nov 17 in Fresno unveiled four conceptional alternatives that will be the centerpiece of their upcoming forest plan revision.  The concepts cover eight topic areas; most prominent is Terrestrial Ecosystems with sub-divided into three distinct categories.  The final plan will include more than the eight topical areas addressed in this meeting.

USFS LogoVallejo, Calif., October 1, 2014.—The Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service will soon begin environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule. Five national forests in California are undertaking Subpart C analysis to improve their management of over-snow vehicle use and to designate a system of over-snow vehicle trails, including groomed trails, to meet the terms of a settlement agreement between the Forest Service and Snowlands Network, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and Center for Biological Diversity.