In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Sierra National Forest (SNF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the new Forest Service planning rule. Since that time SNF has started work on a Forest Assessment designed to gather existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends, to evaluate their sustainability, and to identify the need to change the existing plan by the end of 2013. SNF has also developed a Collaboration and Communication Plan to provide clear, consistent, and easily implementable guidance for Forest staff to involve the interested public, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in the Forest Plan revision process. INITIATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATIONSNF is now prepared to initiate public participation in the Forest Plan revision process. To this end, SNF has scheduled two general public meetings (one in-person in Fresno, and one online webinar), and one technical meeting. 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. The technical meeting will cover the same material as the general public meetings, the only difference being that it will be geared towards people who want to provide detailed feedback and input on specific scientific and technical concerns. Detailed logistical information for each meeting is provided below. UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY 2013 – RSVP REQUESTEDLogistical information for the three public participation meetings follows. 1. General Public In-Person MeetingDate: Saturday, February 9, 2013Time: 1 pm to 4 pmLocation: Holiday Inn – Fresno Airport, Fresno, CAPlease RSVP by Friday, February 1, to Veronica Garcia, [email protected] (559) 297-0706 extension 4966. 2. General Public Online Webinar MeetingDate: Wednesday, February 20, 2013Time: 9 am to 12 pmLocation: No in-person option, webinar onlyWebinar Registration Link: https://www306.livemeeting.com/cc/_XML/usda/join Instructions: The webinar will use the free Microsoft Office Live Meeting service. Click on the registration link and only enter the following Meeting ID: GZ77N2 and click the “Join” button. Once you enter your first and last name you will have access to the webinar. 3. Technical In-Person/Webinar MeetingDate: Tuesday, February 12, 2013Time: 10 am to 2:30 pm Location: Sierra National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CAWebinar Registration Link: https://www306.livemeeting.com/cc/_XML/usda/joinInstructions: The webinar will use the free Microsoft Office Live Meeting service. Click on the registration link and only enter the following Meeting ID: HSS2PD and click the “Join” button. Once you enter your first and last name you will have access to the webinar.Webinar Participation Disclaimer: Note that people participating via webinar may find it difficult to actively participate in discussions given physical acoustics and a potentially large number of in-person participants; everybody is encouraged to attend in person whenever possible.Please RSVP by Friday, February 1, to Veronica Garcia, [email protected] (559) 297-0706 extension 4966. QUESTIONS?Please contact Rebecca Garcia, SNF Public Affairs Officer, at [email protected] (559) 297-0706 extension 4804.