Brief Update on Northwest Forest Plan Revisions

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016

What is one of the largest environmental issues that few people are talking about? The updates to the Northwest Forest Plan, the landscape level plan that impacts national public lands within the range of the northern spotted owl. EPIC is keyed in on the forthcoming Plan revisions and we are here to share the details. You can read about our previous updates here.

Forest Plan Revision Process

 

We are at the very beginning stages of the Northwest Forest Plan revision.

The Forest Service is in the midst of its “Science Synthesis,” a review of the major science that discusses some of the key issues to be addressed in the upcoming Northwest Forest Plan revisions—issues like whether to let certain wildfires burn, whether our system of aquatic buffers is sufficient to support clean water, and how to plan for habitat corridors.

The Science Synthesis began with a collection of available science. EPIC, in collaboration with our sister environmental groups across the West Coast, submitted substantial science to the Forest Service for their consideration. This science will, in theory, be addressed in the Science Synthesis and will be considered in future plan revisions.

The Science Synthesis will be used by individual national forests to “assess” the current and possible conditions within each forest. After the assessment is completed, the Forest Service will develop proposed plan revisions—hopefully with significant public input.

EPIC will continue to monitor the Northwest Forest Plan revisions and provide you with updates. For more information about the Science Synthesis, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/science-synthesis/