The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is working towards updating its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan will supply direction and guide agency management for these two forests over the next ten to fifteen years, possibly longer. A Forest Plan includes:
- Areas recommended for Wilderness.
- Wilderness administration and stewardship.
- Management of roadless areas.
- Recommendations for wild and scenic river designation.
- Establishment of Research Natural Areas.
- Protective measures for sensitive soils, old growth forests, stream-side buffers and riparian areas.
- Measurable and enforceable standards for water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.
- List of Species of Conservation Concern and Focal Species.
- Road management and densities.
- Guidelines for logging, mining, grazing and land exchanges.
- Energy development.
Friends of the Clearwater drafted a Citizen Conservation Biology Alternative during the initial scoping phase. Over 10,000 comments were received by the agency during the first round of public involvement. It is paramount that Forest Revision is genuine and open to the public in its entirety. We ask you to join us in holding the agency accountable. The current Forest Plan has less loopholes and more measurable and enforceable standards then the current draft revision. See our action alert below.
The Forest Service has indicated that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Forest Revision may not be available for comment until 2017. When the draft is released we will engage our membership and public-at large to participate in the public involvement process under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Learn more about our analysis of the Forest Revision scoping document.