Flathead Forest hopes to release new land-use management plan in mid-November

By Perry Backus
The Missoulian
October 23, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL — If all the stars finally align, the Flathead National Forest will release its new land-use management plan sometime in the middle of November. The plan was originally scheduled to be released in June. A change in administration that included delays in filling the top posts required to sign off on the plan, coupled with a delay in getting a final biological opinion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, pushed the date back, said Joe Krueger, the Flathead’s forest plan revision team leader. The land-use plan will guide multiple-use management of the 2.4 million-acre national forest for decades to come. The last time the Flathead Forest updated its land-use plan was in 1986. Krueger said the complicated process to update the plan, which included analyzing about 33,000 public comments, took about four years. .

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