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  1. John Stewart
  2. Sierra NF
  3. Friday, 12 April 2013

The Sierra National Forest is in the middle of conducting a Forest Assessment, gathering existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends and drivers, to evaluate their sustainability and identify the need to change the existing forest plan by the end of 2013.  In February, Forest staff hosted the first set of public meetings in order to engage interested publics, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in this collaborative process.  The focus to date has been gathering known data on the current forest condition.  The focus of Forest Assessment collaboration is now centering on trends and drivers.

INITIATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The SNF has scheduled two public meetings and one webinar. The goals of the meetings include: to review the plan revision process and associated collaboration and communication methods; to solicit feedback on the characterization of current conditions and key references; and to solicit input on the identification of locally-specific trends and drivers of forest change.  A general public meeting, technical meeting and webinar are being offered.  All meetings will cover the same materials; the only difference being the technical meeting is geared toward people wanting to provide detailed feedback and input on specific scientific and technical concerns.  

UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS IN APRIL 2013

1.  Technical In-Person Meeting
Date:  Friday, April 19
Time:  1 to 4 p.m.
Location:  Sierra National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611

2. General Public Meeting
Date:  Saturday, April 20
Time:  1 to 4 p.m.
Location:  Holiday Inn – Fresno Airport, Fresno, CA.  5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
Web address: www.fresnoairporthi.com

3. Public Meeting via webinar
Date:  Wednesday, April 24
Time:  1 to 4 p.m.
Location:  No in-person option
Webinar link: https://www304.livemeeting.com/cc/_XML/usda/join
Meeting ID: N7M8KR

Instructions:  The webinar will use the free Microsoft Office Live Meeting service.  Click on the registration link and only enter the following Meeting ID: N7M8KR and click the “Join” button. Once you enter your first and last name you will have access to the webinar.

QUESTIONS?
For questions, concerns or if you have special needs related to involvement in these public meetings, please contact Rebecca Garcia, SNF Public Affairs Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (559) 297-0706 extension 4804.

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