IDAHO – Salmon-Challis NF Management Plan Revision Workshop Announced

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Notice of Intent to Initiate the Plan Development Phase of the Land Management Plan Revision Published

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is initiating the land management planning process pursuant to the 2012 Planning Rule. This process will result in a revised land management plan that describes the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The Salmon-Challis is inviting the public to help them identify the need to change the existing Challis and Salmon Land Management Plans, as well as, the appropriate plan components that will become a proposed action for the land management plan revision. The assessment report for the Salmon-Challis National Forest was completed July 19, 2018, posted on the web at http://bit.ly/SCNF_Final_Assessment.

From November 2018 through February 2019, the public is invited to engage in a collaborative process to identify the primary concepts to be considered for the proposed action and associated plan components. The Salmon-Challis will then initiate procedures pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and prepare a revised land management plan.

The Forest Service will be hosting two Plan Initiation events scheduled for next week. Both events are designed to be interactive, so come prepared to share ideas and to hear what others are thinking. A preview of what will be discussed can be found in the Plan Initiation Package.

The Plan Initiation Webinar is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, December 4. Our Plan Initiation event in Arco, set for 5-7 p.m. December 5, will be held at the Arco-Butte County Business Incubation Center, located at 159 North Idaho Street, Arco, Idaho.

Both events will cover:

  •  Considerations for Building a Forest Plan,
  •  Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Process,
  •  Updates on Wild and Scenic Eligibility and Suitability, and
  •  Next Steps.

For more information, contact Josh Milligan at 756-5560 or e-mail scnf_plan_rev@fs.fed.us.
    
Webinar Access Information

Webinar Link:  https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/scnf-yfyf/
Audio Conference Line:  888-844-9904
Participant Code:  2595688#

Unable to participate in these events, you can still send written comments or questions concerning this notice to Salmon-Challis National Forest, Attn.: Plan Revision, 1206 South Challis Street, Salmon, Idaho, 83467. Comments may also be sent via email to scnf_plan_rev@fs.fed.us.

For further information, contact Josh Milligan, Planning Team Leader, 208-756-5560 or e-mail scnf_plan_rev@fs.fed.us. More information on the planning process can also be found on the Salmon-Challis National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnf/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd544724.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2