Blue Mountain Forest Plan – You Can Help!

Help Influence the New Forest Plans for Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains Forests!

Public Meetings are Scheduled across Oregon through April!

The new Blue Mountains Forest Plan will guide management of over 5 million acres of our public lands for the next 15 to 20 years on the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.  It is importance that the new Forest Plan is founded on sound science; protects old growth forests, roadless wildlands, and salmon waterways; maintains biodiversity; and provides for the recovery of imperiled wildlife and plants.  Sierra Club members, volunteers, and allies are a powerful influence helping ensure the protection and resilience of these 3 Blue Mountains national forests!

Based on feedback the Forest Service receives at public meetings this month, the Forest Service will issue a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for additional public comments in 2011. The final decision is expected in 2012.  You can play an important role in shaping this plan by attending a public meeting this month!

The Forest Service will explain the proposal and respond to questions & recommendations. For the proposed action & maps, see the Forest Service website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma/blue_mtn_planrevision/proposedaction/

Meeting Schedule: (all meetings are 5 pm – 8 pm)

April 6 – John Day
Federal Building, Juniper Hall, 431 Patterson

April 7 — Burns
Harney Co. Senior & Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder St.

April 13 — Pendleton
Pendleton Convention Ctr., Rooms 3 & 4, 1601 Westgate

April 14 — Heppner
St. Patrick Senior Center, 182 N. Main

April 15 — Dayton
Public Use Bldg. Columbia Co. Engineer’s Office, 1 No. Pine

April 20 — Baker City
Sunridge Inn, One Sunridge Lane

April 21 — La Grande
EOU, One University Blvd, Hoke Hall, Room 309

April 22 — Joseph
Civic Center, 102 E 1st St.

April 28 — Portland
Red Lion Convention Center, 1021 NE Grande Ave.

April 29 — Pasco, WA
Franklin County PUD, 1411 West Clark

Be sure to BRING YOUR QUESTIONS! Some example questions for the Forest Service are:

- How will old growth forests be protected?
- How will Roadless Areas be protected from ORVs, logging, and other harms?
- How many acres of potential Wilderness exist?
- Why is so little being recommended for wilderness protection by the Forest Service?
- How will you ensure recovery of Threatened and Endangered Species?
- How will the new plan protect water quality, riparian habitat, and salmon waterways?
- How will wildlife corridors & connectivity be effectively protected?
- What enforceable standards will be used to protect ecologically foundational forest soils?

For more information, contact our Eastern Oregon Forest Organizer Asante Riverwindasante.riverwind@sierraclub.org, (541) 322-4065.

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