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Forest Service releases draft evals of potential wilderness areas

Forest Service shares draft evaluations of potential areas for wilderness recommendation in forest plan revisions 

submitted by the U.S. Forest Service

VALLEJO, California, December 18, 2015 – In an effort to keep the public engaged throughout the forest plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is sharing our draft evaluations of lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only the Congress can designate wilderness.

We are revising the three forest plans using the 2012 Planning Rule, which requires us to conduct this wilderness evaluation. As part of this endeavor we are sharing several documents for public review including a draft wilderness evaluation report, maps, and tables that provide overviews of designated wilderness, recommended wilderness and potential recommended wilderness.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the areas currently being considered for analysis. We are also interested in public input regarding suitable uses and management of recommended wilderness. More information regarding the management of recommended wilderness can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document on the wilderness evaluation webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/planning/?cid=STELPRD3803608

Feedback may be submitted via web form at http://tinyurl.com/earlyadoptersfpr and is most useful if received by February 1, 2016. If you have questions or concerns please contact Christina Boston at 707-562-8837.
In the past year, we’ve opened public discussions on plan revisions as information was available, including:
June 2014: Preliminary wilderness inventory, step one of the wilderness evaluation process
August 2014: Began National Environmental Policy Act process for forest plan revisions; shared our final wilderness inventory
November 2014: Shared issues and concerns heard during public scoping
January 2015: Sierra Cascade Dialog session about monitoring programs
May 2015: Update on our wilderness evaluation progress
June 2015: Inyo National Forest hosted a wilderness evaluation public workshop
July 2015: Released draft proposed species of conservation concern lists
September 2015: Shared our process for wilderness evaluation and identifying areas for potential wilderness recommendation; Invited public feedback on our proposed draft monitoring programs
October 2015: Sierra Cascade Dialog session about wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, species of conservation concern, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
December 2015: Shared our Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory and eligibility findings and additional information on draft proposed Species of Conservation Concern lists; invited public feedback
For more information about plan revision efforts, visit our website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR

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Work Coming to South Lake

South Lake Repaving Starts September 8

Inyo National Forest:

As a reminder, the Inyo National Forest is planning to repave and improve parking lot drainage at the South Lake Day Use and Trailhead parking lots this September. This much-needed work will also better protect natural resources in the area by reducing siltation.

 This closure will have a significant impact on recreationalists to this popular area. The South Lake parking lots will be closed from September 8, 2015 until October 30, 2015 (seven weeks).

Boat ramp and trailer parking will not be available during the closure. Recreational vehicles and vehicles with trailers will not be permitted use of the South Lake Road beyond Bishop Creek Lodge during this construction closure.

Roadside parking will be authorized along South Lake Road, down canyon from Parchers Resort.   Please do not park at Parchers Resort or at Rainbow Pack Station unless you are a customer.

Hiking access to South Lake, Bishop Pass Trail, and Treasure Lakes will be via Parchers Resort and the Rainbow Pack Station. It is approximately one mile to connect to the Bishop Pass Trail at South Lake from this location.

“The Inyo National Forest realizes this closure will be inconvenient to recreational users of South Lake and that the reconstruction activities will affect many recreational activities,” said Ed Armenta, Forest Supervisor. “We request your patience in the short-term during this project that will dramatically improve the experience in the long-term.”

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