The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has released its Revised Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). These hefty tomes of information will impact how the 2.8 million acres of public lands in central Montana will be managed for decades.
Forest planning is like zoning for the forest – deciding what uses are a good fit for each area. The final plan will decide which areas will be managed to maintain their wilderness values, which areas will be managed for timber harvest, which areas will be managed for different types of recreation, and many other issues that impact wildlife habitat, clean water, and opportunities for solitude.
To help members who love wild places – people like you – understand the plan and how to make their voices heard during the upcoming public meetings and comment period, MWA is hosting two forest planning workshops next week, one in Great Falls and one in Lewistown. Food will be provided, so please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
Wednesday, July 18th
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Lewistown Public Library
701 West Main Street, Lewistown
Thursday, July 19th
6 – 8 p.m.
Paris Gibson Square Museum
1400 1st Avenue North, Great Falls
At the Great Falls workshop, Senior Policy Analyst Mike Anderson and Lead Ecologist Travis Belote from The Wilderness Society will join us to share their expertise on the importance of forest planning and the incredibly high ecological values of our Rocky Mountain Front and Island Range wildlands.
As part of the planning process, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will host a series of public meetings at the end of July and beginning of August. Click here for more information and the full public meeting schedule.
Please plan to attend one of the workshops and then join us at the public meetings to show your support for the protection of wild places like Nevada Mountain, the Big Snowies, and the Badger-Two Medicine.
To read what the new draft plan and DEIS propose, click here.
We will have until September 6, 2018 to make our priorities known to the Forest Service and submit our comments. Your input is a vital part of the planning process, and influential in deciding the future of these wild places.
To RSVP to a workshop, click here.
If you’d like to join the effort or learn more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (406) 544-1093.
I look forward to seeing you next week.
– Casey Perkins, MWA Rocky Mountain Front field director