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SAWS Alert: Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision DEIS to be released on March 14th

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SAWS Members,

Please note that the DEIS for these forest plans will be released March 14, 2014. Check back with the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Overview website at the link below on or after this date to review the DEIS. Also please try and attend one of the meetings during March and April per the schedule below.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5247447

 The three national forests will be releasing the DEIS and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan on March 14, 2014. The Proposed Revised Land Management Plan is based on the Preferred Alternative. Using public comments received during scoping, the team has been working with a co-convener group (established in 2004 involving county and state offices, and the Tribes) to develop the alternatives and analyze the environmental effects. The issues that were identified from the scoping comments include: access, economic and social well-being, livestock grazing and grazing land vegetation, old forest, preliminary administratively recommended wilderness areas, and ecological resilience (restoration). These issues are being used to formulate the range of alternatives resulting in a DEIS and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan.

News Release: Blue Mountains forest Plan revision – Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5448184.pdf

Public meeting schedule:

2014MeetingSchedule_BlueMtns

Here's a link SAWS ALERT we sent to all SAWS members in 2010.

SAWS also provided official comment as an organization during the Scoping period. We hope you did too.

Dave Hurwitz
WA SAWS Rep – Snowmobile Alliance of Western States

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