Manti-La Sal National Forest Hosting Public Workshops on Forest Plan Revision

Press Release

PRICE, Utah, October 24, 2016 – The Manti-La Sal National Forest is holding two public workshops in November. The purpose of these workshops is to share the status of the Forest Plan Revision and to gather input from the public specific to the Assessment Phase. Information collected will be used to support the Assessment Report, which will provide an overview of conditions and trends on the Forest relative to all resource areas and multiple uses. The Assessment Report, expected to be completed in winter 2017, will be used to identify components of the current Forest Plan that need to change.

The workshop will be held in two locations and will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Unlike previous open houses the Forest has recently held, these workshops are intended for the public to attend for the full time. Please plan to arrive at 5 pm and stay for the full 2 1Ž2 hours.

Forest Plan Revision Workshop Schedule:

MONTICELLO, UT – Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hideout Event Center (Golf Course) at 648 South Hideout Way.

PRICE, UT – Friday, November 4, 2016 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Carbon County Event Center (Fairgrounds) at 450 South Fairgrounds Way.

About Forest Plans and Plan Revision:

Every Forest in the National Forest System is required to have a land management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act of 1976. Known as Forest Plans, these documents guide how Forest lands are managed to allow for multiple uses while maintaining healthy ecosystems. The Forest Plan sets overarching guidance for implementing site specific projects on the ground.

Established in 1986, the current Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan is 30 years old and needs to be revised to address the changing needs of the Forest and those who use it. This revision is expected to take four years, starting with the Assessment Phase in 2016 and ending with approval of the new Forest Plan in 2020.

Forest planning is dictated by federal regulations called “planning rules.” The Manti-La Sal National Forest will be conducting its Plan Revision under the 2012 Planning Rule. The 2012 Planning Rule allows for public participation throughout every phase of the planning process. It also emphasizes adaptive management, enabling the Forest to more easily update the Plan in accordance with changing conditions.

For more information about the Manti-La National Forest Plan Revision process, visit https://bit.do/manti-lasalplanrevision or call 435-636-3508.

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