OREGON- Wallowa-Whitman NF Postpones Travel Management Meetings

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August 22, 2012 10:31 AM

Folks in the Northeast Oregon probably know that the previous Forest Supervisor, Monica J. Schwalbach, has been sent packing. That's certainly good news. The new Supervisor, Kevin Martin, has (probably wisely) decided to delay the planned "community engagement workshops" the Forest was going to have on travel management scheduled for September.  Martin says he is committed to being an active participant in the local communities. According to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Press Release, Martin will be "reaching out" to county commissioners and other

OREGON- Wallowa-Whitman NF Postpones Travel Management Meetings

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Folks in the Northeast Oregon probably know that the previous Forest Supervisor, Monica J. Schwalbach, has been sent packing. That's certainly good news.

The new Supervisor, Kevin Martin, has (probably wisely) decided to delay the planned "community engagement workshops" the Forest was going to have on travel management scheduled for September.  Martin says he is committed to being an active participant in the local communities.

According to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Press Release, Martin will be "reaching out" to county commissioners and other elected officials, Tribal governments, interest groups, community organizations, individuals and employees to appreciate and gain a better understanding of what has been happening in regards to travel management. He will also need to familiarize himself with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest he now manages.

Here is where you come in...
We put "reaching out" in quotes because we can never take our access for granted. All OHV and snowmobile clubs and organizations in the region should "reach out" to him. Let him know your concerns, and, if appropriate, let him know what trails and areas you ride in and why they must be kept accessible.

Martin has committed to make the community engagement workshops "an open and transparent process, and scheduled at times when most people will be able to attend." He says his goal is to not only learn about the travel management plan but also to listen to the concerns of the public. 

Keep an eye on the USFS webpage for schedule information on the workshops and releases to local newspapers and radio stations.                             

Please feel free to contact Acting Public Affairs Officer, Jodi Kramer, at 541-523-1246 or Public Affairs Specialist, Matt Burks, at 541-523-1246 if you have any questions.

As always, please call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

MORE ON THE WEB:
Forest leader: 'I need to listen'
http://www.bakercityherald.com/Local-News/Forest-leader-I-need-to-listen

Forest postpones travel plan meetings
http://wallowa.com/free/forest-postpones-travel-plan-meetings.html


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