Forest Planning

                          Hot Creek, Eligible Wild and Scenic River. By Sam Roberts


OVERVIEW

In 2013, the Inyo National Forest began a process to revise its 25 year old Land and Resource Management Plan, spurred by a new planning rule adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012.

The Inyo is one of eight "early adopter" forests for this new rule, along with the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. This process will set the precedent for how all other national forests will revise their management plans in future years. Friends of the Inyo is committed to engaging in this important and precedent-setting opportunity until the final plan is completed at the end of 2016.

The Inyo National Forest, home to the iconic Mt. Whitney, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas, the headwaters of the Owens River, the second largest total of roadless land acreage in California, and unparalleled opportunities for recreation, scenic vistas, and solitude. This new management plan is the guiding document for the Inyo National Forest, and will determine the fate of these idyllic landscapes.

UPDATES

8/29/16

The comment period for the Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement is now closed. You can view Friends of the Inyo's comments below.

8/8/16

There's only a handful of days until comments are due on August 25th. Take the time to speak out in favor of places and issues that matter to you. Here's more information on drafting a comment letter or on important issues on the Inyo National Forest.

Check the Sierra FPR Coalition Fact Sheet attached below for more information on specific topics and issues.

Or check here for information on a few important topics specific to the Inyo National Forest. 

 

5/27/16 ACTION ALERT!
The Forest Service has released the Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, opening a 90 day comment period which closes August 25th, 2016. We encourage people to attend one or more of the upcoming public meetings and webinar:

  • June 13th: Public Meeting, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 6pm-8pm
  • June 14th: Public Meeting, Bishop, CA, 6pm-8pm
  • June 22nd: Urban Public Meeting, CalState University Northridge, Northridge, 6pm-9pm
  • June 23rd: Urban Public Meeting, El Pueblo Historical Monument, Los Angeles, 5pm-8pm
  • June 28th: Public Webinar, on-line registration, 12-1:30pm
  • June 29th: Urban Public Meeting, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 6pm-9pm
  • August 1st: Public Meeting, Mammoth Lakes, CA, 6pm-8pm
  • August 2nd: Public Meeting, Bishop, CA, 6pm-8pm

For the latest information about meeting locations, times, and parking information, please visit the website here

There are 3 ways to comment on the Draft Plan and DEIS:

  • Postal mail: Planning Team Leader, Forest Plan Revision, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257

Alternatively (or additionally!) you can complete our Forest Planning online survey which will be submitted to the USFS before the close of the comment period:

Access the Forest Planning Comment Survey

2/1/16
Friends of the Inyo's comments on the Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Evaluation are now available at the bottom of this page. Public feedback period, closed on Feburary 1, 2016. The next opprotunity to comment will be during the 90-day DEIS comment period, expected Spring 2016.

1/19/16 ACTION ALERT!
The USFS Regional Office released additional information on their wilderness evaluation process, which includes ten areas on the Inyo National Forest under consideration for recommended wilderness.

View a map of currently recommended wilderness designations here.

There is also an updated Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) list with rationale on exclusion or inclusion from the draft list and 2 examples of a species analysis as they may appear in the Draft Plan.  Finally, the USFS released the results of their study of streams eligible for Wild and Scenic River (WSR) designation. It includes a list of eligible WSRs and maps.  The agency is accepting comments on these 3 topics until Feb 1, 2016. Click here to submit your comments.  We have included a sample comment letter below entited "Feb1SampleComments" or click here.

7/29/15
The USFS Regional Office released their draft list of Species of Conservation Concern today. For more information on the SCC lists and to view the Inyo National Forest list go  here. Comments are due Aug 14th, but you will have another oppprounty to comment as part of the 90 day Draft Enviromental Impact Report (DEIS) comment period.  Friends of the inyo Comments on the SCC draft list can be viewed as a PDF at the bottom of this page.


6/1/15: The Inyo Naitonal Forest will hold a public meeting Tuesday, June 9th from 6-8pm at the Supervisor's Office in Bishop, CA. The meeting will focus on the recently released results of the Wilderness Evaulation process, including potential wilderness recommendations that will appear in the DEIS. Join us for refreshments and map viewing before the meeting from 4:30-6pm at the FOI office!


10/1/14: Friends of the Inyo staff compiled and submitted extensive Scoping comments. Our comments address the Proposed Action, Notice of Intent and Wilderness Inventory & Evaluation.  These documents outline what we can best expect the final plan to look like and is the first step in influencing changes in plan direction and content.  Our comments cover everything from at-risk species to wilderness and Wild and Scenic River recommendations. Click below to download these comments.

9/5/14: The Forest has posted Wilderness Evaluation maps. As part of plan revision, our forest supervisor is required to identify and evaluate lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the Wilderness Preservation System and determine whether to recommend any such lands for wilderness designation. The Forest is now asking for feedback on their evaluation.  Maps can be viewed here.

8/19/14: Friends of the Inyo and the Sierra Club will hold a training workshop on navigating the scoping process and how to effectively write comment letters during scoping.  The workshop will be held at Cerro Coso CC community hall on Tuesday, Sept 9th from 6-8pm.  This is the week before the Inyo NF's public meeting at the fairgrounds in Bishop, on Thursday, September 18th from 6-8pm.

8/11/14: Friends of the Inyo comment letters on forest plan revisions are now posted below. Stay tuned for information about the next open public comment period starting Aug 29th.

7/1/14:  ACTION ALERT! The Inyo NF is still accepting your comments on the Need to Change and Desired Conditions documents. Submit your comments to: R5planrevision@fs.fed.us

Mike Dietl, Land Management Plan Revision

US Forest Service Ecosystem Planning Staff

1323 Club Drive

Vallejo, CA 94592

6/19/14: USFS Public Workshop on Desired Conditions, Need to Change and Preliminary Wilderness Evaluation. 5-9pm at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop.

2/1/14:The USFS is compiling Desired Condition Statements, which can be found on the Region 5 website here, or they are also included as links below. We want to hear from you about your ideas for Desired Conditions, and how you want the forest to look for future generations. For more ways to get involved, visit our forest plan engagement page here.

12/26/13: Preliminary Need for Change document is released, which can be found here. Public Comment, along with the pre-NEPA public feedback period, closed on January 31, 2014

12/24/13: The Inyo National Forest Final Assessment is released, which can be found here.

11/18/13: The Inyo National Forest has just released the Draft Assessment, which can be found here.

09/1/20/13: Friends of the Inyo board and staff compiled and submitted extensive comments to the Forest's Topic Papers - foundational documents covering everything from timber to meadow health to grazing and wilderness. Click below to download these comments.