RAW: Inyo National Forest releases first draft of updated forest plan

The Inyo National Forest has released the forest’s first Draft Assessment Report of its first update to the forest's master planning document in more than 20 years for public review this week, according to a news release from the forest. A public meeting on the document will be held in Bishop on Dec. 5 and comments on the plan are invited.

The assessment is the first phase of the process to revise the 1988 Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan or plan).
The Draft Assessment Report summarizes the findings of the forest's 'topic papers' including forest resource conditions and trends, social and economic conditions, and recreation opportunities and access. The assessment will frame the 'Need for Change' as the forest develops a revised plan and evaluates the environmental effects of the proposed plan as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
The Inyo National Forest is one of three National Forests in California revising its Forest Plan using the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The forests will complete plan revision through a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) starting in 2013.
The Draft Assessment Report is available for review through Dec. 16, 2013 on the forest’s webpage: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=40601.

Input can be provided via or email (comments-pacificsouthwest-inyo@fs.fed.us) or by mail (Forest Plan Revision, Inyo National Forest, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200, Bishop, CA 93514).
A public meeting to review the Draft Assessment Report is scheduled for 6 p.m., Dec. 5, 2013 at the Supervisor’s Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop CA. A webinar is also scheduled for December 11 at 2:00 pm. Please call or email Deb Schweizer (debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us, 760-873-2427) to sign up for the webinar.

More information about Forest Plan Revision is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/landmanagement/planning

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