PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED on MANAGEMENT
of 63 MILLION ACRES of PUBLIC LANDS
(Boise, ID; Portland, OR) -- A Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Supplemental Draft EIS), which outlines three management alternatives for 63 million acres of public land in eastern Oregon and Washington, Idaho and western Montana, is currently available for public review and comment. The Supplemental Draft EIS supplements the Eastside and Upper Columbia River Basin Draft EISs released in June, 1997.
Public comments received on the Supplemental Draft EIS will be considered in the development of a Final EIS and Record of Decision which will amend 62 land use plans for the 32 National Forests and BLM administrative units within the project area. The Final EIS will also replace Forest Service and BLM interim strategies designed to ensure protection of anadromous and inland fish habitat and old forests while the Project's long-term strategies were being developed. The 90-day public comment period on the Supplemental Draft EIS ends July 6, 2000.
During the comment period, public meetings will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the following locations throughout the project area:
April 18 - Salmon, Idaho; Salmon Valley Center, 200 Main Street
Walla Walla, Washington; Best Western Walla Walla Suites, 7 East Oak Street
April 19 - Missoula, Montana; Boone and Crocket Building, Old Milwaukee Depot, 250 Station Drive
April 20 - Kalispell, Montana; Cavanaughs Best Western Outlaw Inn, 1701 US Highway 93 South
April 24 - John Day, Oregon; Forest Supervisors Office, 431 Patterson Bridge Road
Libby, Montana; Libby City Hall, 952 East Spruce Street
April 25 - Lakeview, Oregon; BLM/Forest Service Interagency Office, 1300 South G Street
Couer D'Alene, Idaho; Couer D'Alene Inn and Conference Center, West 414 & Appleway
April 26 - Boise, Idaho; Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 North Julia Davis Drive
May 1 - Okanogan, Washington; Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road
May 2 - Colville, Washington; Colville Community College, 985 South Elm Street
May 3 - Bend, Oregon; Shilo Inn, North Highway 97, OB Riley Road
May 4 - Pocatello, Idaho; Cavanaughs Pocatello Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road
"The Forest Service and BLM have been working together to explore ways that are more effective at ensuring the long-term sustainability of public land resources for present and future generations," according to Martha Hahn, Idaho State Director for the BLM and Chairman of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project's Executive Steering Committee. "We have responded to the public's concerns and comments in the Supplemental Draft EIS."
"More than 83 thousand public comments significantly influenced the development of a proposed management strategy for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service-administered lands in four western states,"Hahn said.
Of the three alternatives presented, Alternative S2 was identified as the preferred alternative because it provides the best strategy for protecting and restoring fish and wildlife habitats, improving the health of forests and rangelands, and providing a more predictable level of goods and services from public lands," said Hahn. Partners in the development of this strategy include the National Marine Fisheries Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Written comments on the Supplemental Draft EIS will be accepted by mail at Interior Columbia Basin
Ecosystem Management Project, P.O. Box 420, Boise, Idaho 83701-0420 or electronically at
For additional information and photos, a Supplemental Draft EIS Information Packet is posted at https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/icbemp/.