Wyoming- Shoshone NF Draft Forest Plan/DEIS Meetings Reminder-Field Trips Planned

Wyoming- Shoshone NF Draft Forest Plan/DEIS Meetings Reminder-Field Trips Planned Hot

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The Shoshone National Forest released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Land Management Plan for a 90-day comment period back on August 3, 2012. The public is invited to participate in reviewing these documents and to provide comments. Comments must be postmarked or emailed no later than November 1, 2012.

These documents are available for viewing at local public libraries and at Shoshone National Forest offices in Cody, Dubois and Lander. Compact discs or hard copies of these documents may be requested by telephone (307.527.6241) or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They are also available on the Shoshone National Forest's website at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/shoshone/home/?cid=stelprdb5379153.

This is just a reminder that, during the comment period, the Forest Service will hold public meetings to assist you with understanding the documents and submitting comments. The schedule for these public meetings is listed below.

September 24, 2012    Cody, Big Horn Federal, 1701 Stampede Ave., 5-7 p.m.

September 25, 2012    Dubois, Headwaters Art & Convention Center, 17 Stalnaker St., 5-7 p.m.

September 26, 2012    Lander, Monarch Hall (Pronghorn Lodge), 150 E. Main St., 5-7 p.m.

September 27, 2012    Thermopolis, Big Horn Federal, 643 Broadway St., 5-7 p.m.

The public is also invited to join one of the upcoming informational field trips, which are being organized and held to discuss forest plan revision issues (see schedule below):

October 2, 2012 - Bark beetle epidemic seminar, Grizzly Hall, Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain Street, Cody, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Scientists from the University of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Research Station will discuss fire risks created by the epidemic, current status of the epidemic, and what our forested ecosystems may look like in the future.

October 3, 2012 - Field trip along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The trip will explore effects of fire on beetle-killed trees, status of the epidemic, and how fuel reduction has been successful in limiting fire damage to infrastructure.

October 17, 2012 - Field trip viewing management challenges of legal and illegal motorized use on the Wind River Ranger District, meet at district office at 10 a.m.

Further information on these field trips will be available in local papers and through district offices as the dates approach. If you have questions regarding the draft documents or the plan revision process, contact Carrie Christman at (307) 578-5118.

Email comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (note: shoshone_forestplan) or hard copy mail to: Shoshone National Forest, Forest Plan Comments, 808 Meadow Lane Avenue, Cody, WY 82414.

Thanks in advance and, as always, please call or email with questions or concerns.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


 


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