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John Stewart

Campfire Safety Prevents Wildfires

Clovis, CA June 02, 2017 – With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, schools will be letting out for the summer and visits to the Sierra National Forest (NF) will increase. Activities such as camping, backpacking, and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire.  

The Sierra NF would like to remind our visitors to be responsible in their enjoyment and use of a campfire. Not only will it serve the purpose of providing warmth in the cool evenings, or roasting marshmallows, but it is part of the camping experience to sit around the fire and enjoy the company of those with you.

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Draft Plans Released for Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia Forests

Forest Service LogoForest Service releases draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans for Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and six tribal forums.

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John Stewart

Recommended Wilderness List Released

USFS LogoForest Service shares draft evaluations of potential areas for wilderness recommendation in forest plan revisions

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region released a draft evaluations of lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This list covers Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests.

No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only the Congress can designate wilderness.

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John Stewart

Species of Conservation Concern Comments Sought

USFS LogoThe U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region is sharing additional information regarding our draft proposed species of conservation concern (SCC) lists as part of the land and resource management plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

In July, we provided our draft proposed SCC lists and asked for public feedback on those documents. In response to the public feedback we received then, we are now sharing the screening criteria we used to develop the draft proposed lists.

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Wild and Scenic River Comments Sought

USFS LogoForest Service shares Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory and eligibility findings as part of forest plan revisions

VALLEJO, California, December 15, 2015 - The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region is sharing our Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory, eligibility and classification findings for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. We completed this process as part of our efforts to revise the land and resource management plans (forest plans) for these national forests.

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John Stewart

Sierra NF Conceptional Alternatives Revealed

The Recreation Concept is ill-defined in presenting the four conceptional alternatives.  The concepts are based of the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum that was defined in 1986; almost 30 years ago when recreation pressures and public demand for recreation were different than they are in 2014.  The concept includes “minor edits to resolve GIS conflicts” and is consistent through three of the concepts. 

This begs the question “If 'minor edits to resolve GIS conflicts' is recognized as a need to accomplish, what additional changes would be revealed with a more comprehensive review of the circa-1986 ROS?” 

Understandably, this is a “conceptional” document.  However, with respect to recreation, the “concepts” are vague and lack a foundation to develop the aspirational “guidance framework” envisioned for the forest plan.

A briefing paper was provided that addressed the Pacific Crest Trail.  While there is a proposal floated to establish a one-mile corridor for the PCT, the briefing paper makes it clear that this pending forest plan revision does not make travel management decisions.  Further, the trail corridor will be of sufficient width to address primary uses or users in keeping with the congressional intent is designating the trail.

Overall, these are conceptional alternatives and will be adjusted based on feedback received from this round of listening sessions.  It is troubling that framework guidance for the future will rely on outdated information from the past.

Sequoia and Inyo NFs will be hosting similar public outreach meetings this week.

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