Saguache News – April 29

GMUG’s Input Deadline Extended Until June 2

Last week, the US Forest Planning Team announced that the scoping comment period for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests  (GMUG) multi-year plan will now run until June 2.

GMUG Saguache Open House

The scoping period for the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests multi-use plan included many Open Houses, like this one held in Saguache. Photo: Lucia Ibarra.

“Our apologies if this causes any confusion,” read the email communication, “but we wanted to make sure that you have ample opportunity to review and provide input on the scoping material, which includes the needs for change, the vision and distinctive roles and contributions, and the management area framework.”

For readers unfamiliar with the project, some of which falls within Saguache County and will determine how public lands are used, here’s some background: In 2006, the GMUG put a multi-year plan revision effort on hold until the Colorado Roadless Areas were defined and a final planning rule was established for the Forest Service. The GMUG’s prior planning effort was extensive, and the public contributed: between February 2002 and November 2003, 42 public meetings were held throughout the GMUG, attended by 1035 individuals.

The planning team started with this as a springboard for the current process, but incorporated new science, requirements, and your input. Nearly one year ago in June 2017, the USFS began the public input process and is now extending the process deadline until June 2. There have been many meeting in the area and a transparent assessment of thatparticipation. Because the scoping material is a little different than what you may be used to, please check out the Scoping Guide or one of our recorded webinar sessions for further context.

If you’re just joining the conversation, please check out the GMUG’s planning website for information on the plan revision process and other helpful resources. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at gmugforestplan@fs.fed.us, and thank you for joining the plan revision journey!

Montrose

Members of the public listening to the forest planner presentation at the Montrose Open House. Photo: Lucia Ibarra

 

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