Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

Salmon, Idaho:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest has spent the past several months documenting the current conditions and trends on the forest and in the surrounding communities. That assessment will soon be available in draft form. A series of public meetings November 6-14 will feature a chance to talk to the Salmon-Challis’ leadership and forest plan revision team about the findings.

Forest Plan Revision team leader Josh Milligan said members of the public, as well as federal, state, local and tribal representatives have helped his team better understand what’s important to forest stakeholders, and what needs to change.

“Since February, we’ve been meeting with members of the public, county commissioners, tribal leaders, and state agencies.  We’ve been very pleased with the information sharing that is happening.  With the release of this draft assessment and a preliminary need for change statement, it’s time to check back in to make sure we’re getting this right,” Milligan said.

He explained that after the public has had a chance to provide feedback, the need for change statement will drive the development of a new land management plan for the Forest’s 4.4 million acres.  Milligan expects plan development to start early next year.

“Our ultimate goal is to produce a Forest Plan that provides useful and relatable direction that improves management of the Forest and allows us to adapt to changing conditions in the future,” he said.

Lemhi County Commissioner Brett Barsalou said of the plan revision effort, “It’s of the utmost importance for the community to be engaged in plan revision.  As commissioners, we are involved.  These are your public lands and this is youropportunity to participate in what the future management of those public lands will be.”

 
 
 

SALMON-CHALLIS TO HIGHLIGHT CURRENT CONDITIONS AND TRENDS OF THE FOREST AND COMMUNITIES

Release Date: Oct 19, 2017  

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


Salmon, Idaho:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest has spent the past several months documenting the current conditions and trends on the forest and in the surrounding communities. That assessment will soon be available in draft form. A series of public meetings November 6-14 will feature a chance to talk to the Salmon-Challis’ leadership and forest plan revision team about the findings.

Forest Plan Revision team leader Josh Milligan said members of the public, as well as federal, state, local and tribal representatives have helped his team better understand what’s important to forest stakeholders, and what needs to change.

“Since February, we’ve been meeting with members of the public, county commissioners, tribal leaders, and state agencies.  We’ve been very pleased with the information sharing that is happening.  With the release of this draft assessment and a preliminary need for change statement, it’s time to check back in to make sure we’re getting this right,” Milligan said.

He explained that after the public has had a chance to provide feedback, the need for change statement will drive the development of a new land management plan for the Forest’s 4.4 million acres.  Milligan expects plan development to start early next year.

“Our ultimate goal is to produce a Forest Plan that provides useful and relatable direction that improves management of the Forest and allows us to adapt to changing conditions in the future,” he said.

Lemhi County Commissioner Brett Barsalou said of the plan revision effort, “It’s of the utmost importance for the community to be engaged in plan revision.  As commissioners, we are involved.  These are your public lands and this is youropportunity to participate in what the future management of those public lands will be.”

 

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