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E-M:/ Huron Manistee Nat.Forest Plan Revision Mtgs - Feb 18-27

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>


The Huron Manistee National Forest, covering almost one million acres of
land in the Lower Peninsula, is coming back to the public to report on the
input they received during meetings held in November of last year about what
changes to the Forest Plan should be considered by the agency.

The press release is below, with dates, times and locations for 8 meetings
scheduled.  Also, more background material is available on the HMNF website
at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/planning.htm

USDA Forest Service
Huron-Manistee National Forest
1755 S. Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI  49601
For immediate release	January 31, 2003


The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to help revise the strategic
management plan for the Huron-Manistee National Forests.  Forest Plans
describe the desired condition for National Forests over a 10 to 15 year
period.   To participate in the revision process, you may attend a public
meeting near you in February or logon to the website at
	The Huron-Manistee held a series of “listening sessions” throughout the
state in November to obtain comments regarding potential changes to the
Forest Plan.  At the February meetings, the Forest Service will share the
comments they heard from the public and explain the revision process.
Public comments so far indicate that the current Forest Plan is valid and
requires only minor or moderate changes.  Some management issues proposed
for change include the Aspen/Early Successional Habitat, the Management of
Fire, the Allowable Sale Quantity of Timber, and designation of
Semiprimitive Areas.
The two national forests in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha and
Ottawa, are also in the Forest Plan Revision process; their efforts will
also be discussed.
	The goal of the Forest Plan Revision process is to formulate a management
plan which reflects the needs and desires of the public.  Public
participation is critical to this process.
The upcoming meetings will be held 6pm – 10pm as follows:
	Feb. 18	Cadillac	Best Western Conference Center
	Feb. 19	Baldwin	Pleasant Plains Township Hall
	Feb. 19	Wellston	Chittenden Environmental Center
	Feb. 20	Mio	Mio Community Center
	Feb. 20	Oscoda	Oscoda Library
	Feb. 25	Grand Rapids	Ladies Literary Club	61 Sheldon Blvd.
	Feb. 26	East Lansing	Michigan State Univ.	Natural Resources Bldg.,
			Room 221
	Feb. 27	Dearborn	University of Michigan 	School of Management,
			Lecture Hall B

For further information, please contact the Forest Planning staff at (231)
775-2421 or visit our website at www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf.
-- USFS --
Anne Woiwode, Staff Director, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108  anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org
visit the Mackinac Chapter on the web at http://michigan.sierraclub.org

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