I am pleased to announce that the Inyo National Forest is beginning the process of revising and updating its 25-year old Forest Plan. Forest Plans provide direction and zoning for the management of a wide range of resources and activities such as water, wildlife, ecosystems, and recreation for the 2 million acre Inyo National Forest (INF). The management direction and zoning contained in the INF’s 1988 Forest Plan needs to be revised and updated to reflect new information and changes in forest resource conditions.
The first phase of the Forest Plan revision process is an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends. As we begin this first phase, I have scheduled three public meetings / webinars in March and April of 2013 to review the plan revision process and to solicit your input on current forest conditions, relevant trends, and drivers of forest change.
While everyone is welcome to attend, the April 4th workshop is geared towards people who want to provide detailed input on specific scientific and technical concerns in the Forest Assessment. Participants are welcome to take part in either or both sessions on April 4th.
All three meetings are designed with a webinar component; please RSVP for webinars as described below.
We will use your input and information to help us prepare the Inyo National Forest Assessment Report, which will be completed by December, 2013. The purpose of the assessment is to develop a better understanding of existing and predicted future forest resource conditions, identify information gaps, and to focus attention on resources that affect, or may be affected by, forest management decisions.
EDWARD E. ARMENTA
Want to get involved?
Check out the INF Forest Plan Revision website
Join the Living Assessment, a wiki tool designed to gather and display information about the forest-level and bioregional assessments. The outlines for each chapter (or topic paper) of the Inyo’s Assessment Report will be posted to the wiki by March 1st! http://livingassessment.wikispaces.com/
Visit Our Forest Place, an online community where you can blog, get involved in discussion forums, share data, post videos, or be part of an interest group. http://ourforestplace.ning.com/
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