Your Comments and Presence is Needed!
The BLM is inviting all interested parties to participate in public meetings at the following locations:
March 1, 2017
Nampa Civic Center
311 3rd St. S
Next IRC meeting: June 24. No details of exact location yet, but it will be in Boise.
Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision Assessment Phase:
The Salmon-Challis National Forest is beginning the revision of the Challis and Salmon Forest Plans. The existing plans are nearly 30 years old and I’m excited to be paying these vintage plans long overdue attention.
I know that you have a deeply vested interest in the management of our National Forest Lands. I wanted to notify you that the Salmon-Challis National Forest is starting the first phase of this 4-year revision process, the assessment phase, in January 2017. We have scheduled a series of public meetings in February to introduce the goals of our plan revision process, anticipated timelines and the various ways we will be seeking public input. Public meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:
Salmon – Monday, February 13, 6 – 8 p.m., Salmon Region Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Office
Mackay – Wednesday, February 15, 6-8 p.m., American Legion Hall
Challis – Tuesday, February 21, 6 – 8 p.m., Challis Middle School Auditorium
We are also scheduling an online live webinar for those people who may not be available on those dates or who would prefer not to travel. That webinar will be hosted on Thursday, February 23, from 3 -5 p.m. The weblink and call-in information will be posted to our website as soon as that information is available.
This round of forest planning looks very different from previous efforts and I think you will find a level of transparency that is unprecedented in my time with the Forest Service. I believe this will directly result in a revised forest plan that has broad community support and leads to better decisions on the ground.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my Forest Plan Revision Team Leader Josh Milligan at 208-756-5560 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about forest plan revision. We also have information posted at our website https://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf/.
Thank you for your interest in the future of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
State News: Nonresident pay to play
The Idaho Recreation Council (IRC) through the Idaho State ATV
Association (ISATVA) is taking a survey on the pay-to-play legislation
that has already been drafted. Please go to the website at the link and
take the survey that is at the bottom of the page.
PANTRA's official position is we are AGAINST this legislation. A complete explanation on PANTRA's position and the draft legislation can be found on the "Call to Action" section of our website.
In short, PANTRA is a family oriented club. Therefore, members generally have multiple OHV's that require licensing in either Washington or Idaho. If this legislation were to pass as drafted, reciprocity that exists between Washington, Idaho, and Montana would be lost. The loss of reciprocity would require you to buy multiple registration stickers for each OHV you intend to use in each State. This could be as much as $65 per OHV per year. Because of the geography and relatively close State boundaries in the Inland Northwest, OHV users in our area would be affected the most by this pay-to-play IRC Legislation and would get the least amount of benefit due to how OHV funds are distributed from Boise and Olympia.
Please take the time to take the survey and let your voice be heard!
The passcode to take the survey is StayOnTrails.
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