The end of the year not only signals a time of celebrations but also a time to generate public comments and plan for citizen involvement opportunites in 2018.
Grab a hot cup of your favorite drink, and consider submitting a public comment for the Center-Johnson timber sale. This 3,888-acre “treatment,” could impact a relatively isolated island of trees, surrounded by grasslands, which are important for wildlife cover and habitat. However, the project file lacks an adequate wildlife assessment. It also proposes to build new and “temporary” roads, along with 90 miles of road maintenance, among other issues. Check out our assessment and consider submitting a comment by January 5, 2018.
Also, the Forest Service has announced a series of meetings seeking public input for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Forest Plan Revision process. This document sets the tone for how the National Forests will be managed for the next 10 to 15 years. We expect a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in November 2018.
Friends of the Clearwater has already submitted substantial public comments advocating for a Forest Plan with enforceable standards and permanent protections for roadless areas and wild rivers through our Citizen Conservation Biology Alternative.
If you cannot attend the mid-week meetings, consider sending a note to the Forest Service re-iterating a desire to see the largest intact ecosystem left in the Lower 48 remain that way at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
January 9, 2018- Webinar primarily for those who cannot attend in person
January 10th and 11th, 2018- The Best Western, Orofino, Idaho
January 18, 2018 (Tentatively scheduled)- Missoula, Montana
For more specific information about the meetings, click here.
Friends of the Clearwater works hard to hold federal agencies accountable. Our goal is to keep you informed about opportunites for citizen engagement. Please consider a year-end contribution to protect the Clearwater Basin.
From everyone at Friends of the Clearwater, we wish you a wonderful winter season!