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Sierra and Sequoia National Forests to host workshops for public feedback

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:54:35-04

VALLEJO, Calif. — The Sequoia & Sierra National Forests are giving the community a chance to share their input on revised draft plans.

U.S. Forest Service said that on Tuesday between 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. residents can attend a public workshop dedicated to giving feedback directly to Forest staff.

"We are at the mid-point of the 90-day comment period on the revised draft environmental impact statement and revised draft land management plan," the Forest explained in a news release. "Your input now will help us develop the final environmental impact statement and final plans that will guide management of the two national forests for the subsequent 15 years."

According to the U.S. Forest Service, both workshops will follow a three-part agenda:

Part 1: Presentation The workshop will begin with a 30-minute presentation on the plan revision effort to date. This is an opportunity to learn about the plan revision process, alternatives analyzed in the revised analysis, and general direction in the revised draft plans.

Part 2: Open House After the presentation, the workshop will shift to an hour-long open house format with planning team members stationed at resource booths around the workshop space. This is an opportunity for participants to meet one-on-one with planning team members to ask questions and share concerns. Additional Forest staff will listen in at each booth to capture general themes of issues raised by participants. The Forest Service will share what we heard around key themes at each booth during a report out immediately following the open house session.

Part 3: Community Voices The final part of the workshop is openly structured to allow flexibility to meet participant needs. During this final hour, participants are encouraged to join other participants in facilitated discussions on the revised draft plans. Forest staff will sit at small tables and pose the following question to all participants: What do you need to see in the final plans to feel your needs and interests are being met? This is an opportunity to communicate your interests to Forest Service staff and fellow community members, hear from others about the diverse interests around the community, and consider the potential for collaborating on mutually developed recommendations to the Forest Service. During this hour, participants also have the flexibility to continue meeting with planning team members at their open house booths or leave the workshop if questions and concerns have been adequately communicated.

Tuesday's workshop will be held at The Station by Kern County Fire Fighters, 7900 Downing Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308.