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



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Enviro-Mich message from "Leanne Meyer" <lmeyer2@voyager.net>
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The environmental groups are not the only ones interested in the national
and state forest plans.  Many recreational groups including trail riding,
have a stake in the plans as well.

Being a horse person, trail rider, and caring environmentalist, I know first
hand that many recreational groups/types have lost the use of some of their
favorite sites.  If all the groups worked together, like they do in Ohio,
i.e.: horse groups, bike clubs, scouts and 4-H just to name a few, we would
get farther, faster.  For some reason we are separatist on some of these
issues.  All these groups are alike in the fact that they don't want to be
shut out of any more areas.  So why don't we all work together more?  Good
question!

The only way that we get changes, is be part of the solution, in other
words, GET INVOLVED.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
To: "Enviro-Mich" <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 2:36 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Huron Manistee Nat.Forest Plan Revision Mtgs - Feb 18-27


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

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


NEWS RELEASE
USDA Forest Service
Huron-Manistee National Forest
1755 S. Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI  49601
FS-HM-2003-01
For immediate release January 31, 2003


HURON-MANISTEE NATIONAL FORESTS DISCUSS PLAN REVISION

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
www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf.
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.
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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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