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This could impact existing motorcycle trails so if you play on the east side of the mountains you may want to participate.

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Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests

Forest Plan Revision

Okanogan Valley Office

1240 Second Avenue South

Okanogan, WA 98840

Office: (509) 826-3275

Fax: (509) 826-3789

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 20, 2008

Information Contact: Debbie Kelly, Public Affairs Specialist, (509) 826-3396

Margaret Hartzell, Plan Revision Team Leader, (509) 826-3275

Public Invited to Participate in Collaboration Workshops about Wilderness

The Colville National Forest (Forest) will be hosting a series of public workshops this fall to help the agency evaluate Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) within the Forest for their potential recommendation as wilderness. Evaluation of IRAs for potential wilderness recommendation is a required step in the forest plan revision process.

“It has been just over a year since a citizens group participated in an intensive public collaboration effort related to specific elements of the Colville Forest Plan Revision,” said Rick Brazell, Colville Forest Supervisor. “Now that we are further along in the wilderness evaluation process, I’m looking forward to having more detailed public discussion. This will help further inform my decision on whether to recommend additional wilderness or not in the revised forest plan.” said Brazell.

A “kick-off” public workshop will be held in Colville September 6, followed by a general information meeting in Spokane mid-month. Three Saturday community workshops are planned between September and November; one workshop in each county. A final meeting will be held in Colville to wrap up the process and integrate recommendations from the various workshops.

“The collaborative workshops will be open to all members of the public, not just to those individuals who participated in the previous effort. To honor past collaborative public discussions on wilderness, we’ll be incorporating information gained from the 2007 Collaborative Round-Up in this process” said Margaret Hartzell, Forest Plan Revision Team Leader.

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“Each community workshop will evaluate a specific set of IRAs within each geographic area. We encourage people within and outside of these communities to participate in this collaborative process,” Hartzell said.

For additional information, including meeting notes and public recommendations from the 2007 round of collaboration workshops and a list of recommended reading to prepare for the 2008 workshops, visit the Forest Plan Revision web page at www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/forest-plan. Meeting agendas will be posted soon.

A draft of the revised forest plan is targeted for release to the public in March 2010.

If you have any questions about the meetings, please contact Debbie Kelly, Public Affairs Specialist at (509) 826-3396.

Meeting Schedule:

Colville Orientation Meeting. Saturday, September 6 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Stevens County Sheriff's Ambulance Training Center, 425 N. Highway, Colville, WA 99114 (located next to Ronny D’s Drive-In).

Spokane Information Meeting. Friday, September 12 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Spokane County Public Library, Spokane Valley Branch, 120004 E. Main Avenue, Spokane, WA 99206.

Pend Orielle County Workshop. Saturday, September 20 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Kalispel Tribe of Indians Wellness Center Meeting Room, 1821 N. Le Clerc, Cusick, WA 99119

Stevens County Workshop. Saturday, October 4 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Stevens County Sheriff’s Ambulance Training Center, 425 N. Highway, Colville, WA 99114

Ferry County Workshop. Saturday, November 1 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Republic Elementary School, 30306 E. Hwy 20, Republic, WA

Collaboration Integration Meeting (wrap-up and report out from collaboration workshops). Saturday, November 15 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.;

Institute for Extended Learning (Community College), Colville Center, 985 South Elm Street, Colville, WA 99114-2662

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Forest Plan Revision for Colville, Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests

Okanogan Valley Office

1240 Second Avenue South

Okanogan, WA 98840

Email: r6_ewzplanrevision@fs.fed.us

Web site: www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/forest-plan

Contacts: Deb Kelly: Public Affairs Officer (509) 826-3275

Margaret Hartzell: Planning Team Leader (509) 826-3275

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Thanks for posting the info Tod. I was one of the people the FS recommended the Facilitator call and interview about the "Collaborative Process".

I did tell her that we really don't see this as much benefit to us because we never GAIN anything, all we can do is try to control just how much we will LOSE. I also suggested they schedule the meetings for the non-riding seasons, mid winter or mid summer. Looks like they took my suggestions to heart 👍 and scheduled them for what should be prime riding time.

The more motorized users we can get involved in this process the better we will be able to minimize the damage though so if there's anyway at all you can make some or all of these meetings, please do so.

PANTRA will have people there but we need lots of help.

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Let's ride LPO at 1:00 PM after attending the kick off meeting September 6th. I would love to see a parking lot full of trucks loaded with bikes to show support for our sport!

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Great idea Ryan! I wish I was able to be up there for one of the meetings but I probably won't be moved up there in time 👍

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I was thinking the same thing Ryan, if I'm travelling up there I may as well get a ride in.

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