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    Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are holding workshops in April on their plan revisions. I intend to attend the Inyo meeting on April 10 (a Thursday). This may be a good time to get some spring skiing in, in this unusual year. Anyone else maybe heading down around that weekend?

    Press release:

    VALLEJO, Calif., March, 12, 2014 - The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region will host a series of public meetings as it begins the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. A Notice of Intent, which marks the beginning of the formal public scoping period, will be published in early April.

    These public meetings will focus on the revision of the three Early Adopter Forests Land Management Plans. The meetings are designed to share information on the Notice of Intent, which includes the purpose and need and proposed action. These meetings also notify the public and tribal communities that the Notice of Intent begins the formal NEPA process, including a 30 day scoping period. Scoping comments help refine the proposed action, identifying preliminary issues, and identifying interested and affected person

    Meetings in January focused on the emphasis areas outlined in the Preliminary Need to Change document from each Forest's Assessments that informs the Land Management Plan revision. Public and Tribal comments are now being incorporated into the Need to Change, Roles and Contributions and Desired Condition statements.

    The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo forest plan revisions will be completed through the development of one environmental impact statement. The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans. Forest Supervisors will remain the responsible officials for making decisions on their specific forest plans.

    "This next round of public meetings gives the Forest Service another opportunity to share information about the forest plan revision process, explain the key themes of each forest plan to be revised, and gather public comment," said Regional Forester Randy Moore.

    The public is welcome at any of the three upcoming meetings:

    Sierra NF: Monday, April 7, 2014, from 5 - 8 pm, Fresno
    Holiday Inn Fresno Airport, 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727
    Sequoia NF : Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 6 - 8 pm, Kernville
    Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238
    Inyo NF: Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 5 - 8 pm, Bishop
    Eastern Sierra College Center, Cerro Coso Community College, 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514-7306

    For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region's planning website at: Pertinent information for the April meetings will be posted there the week before the public meetings.