Shaping the forest’s future

By Patrick Reilly
Daily Inter Lake
October 29, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A four-year-long revision of Flathead National Forest’s Land and Resource Management Plan is nearly finished. Next month, the U.S. Forest Service hopes to release a final Environmental Impact Statement for the new plan, as well as a draft record of decision to implement it. Once that happens, the public will have 60 days to file objections before it becomes final. With the draft plan and amendments stretching to 575 pages, and the draft impact statement taking up hundreds more, the process may seem opaque and bureaucratic. But once finished, these decisions will shape the future of 2.4 million acres’ worth of animals, plants, waters and fires.

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