Wallowa-Whitman National forest calls for 1,261 miles of roads to be destroyed.

Today the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest released its analysis of the roads not needed for forest management or access to our mountains. The report calls for the destruction of 1,261 miles of roads, which equates to 2,656 segments within the boundaries or the forest. These are roads to access wildfires, manage overgrown vegetation, gather firewood from, and provided areas of solitude for our veterans, elderly and families.

By releasing such a report the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has turned a deaf ear to our residents, our culture, and our ways of life to sustain our families from the mountains and continues to ignore their mission to serve the public in Eastern Oregon.

Link to analysis report – http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/landmanagement/projects/?cid=fsbdev7_008909

Very disappointing to see this, and to know that no one at the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest had the integrity to work with even the county commissioners on this issue.

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Forest Service meeting notices

Notice to Baker County residents and other interested parties –

The Baker County Commission will be having it’s 3rd (as we remember) coordination meeting with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, on planning efforts going on within the boundaries of Baker County.

The meeting will be Dec. 16th starting at 10:30 am at the county courthouse.

While this is meeting is not a meeting for the general public to speak at, we would strongly encourage you to attend the meeting and show support for the efforts of the Baker County commission to support open motorized access and natural resources use from our public lands.

Also there are additional meetings that will be held throughout Eastern Oregon listed below, these are meetings for the public to speak at.

We would ask that you and your family speak to the fact of how restriction of open motorized access to public lands will negatively impact your family and that your desired condition for the Wallowa Whitman and Malheur National Forest to remain fully open to motorized access.

additional meetings

Please attend if you can.

 

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And the lies continue

For those that follow the development of the Forest Plan Revision we have all been told now that no timeline exists for the Forest Plan Revisions development, and that it will take as long as it takes to get it right, again, another lie.

Here at the meeting minutes from the Blue Mountains Forest Partners meeting on Nov. 19th, 2015 (yesterday).

Full Group Meeting Minutes – November 19 2015

“RO expects new forest plans to be in place by September 2016, which will require more time and energy.” In other words, they fully plan on having the Forest plan in place in less than a year, and this definitely looks like a defined timeline that will meet the need to close the books on this effort on or before the end of the 2016 Fiscal year.

Do not expect honesty and integrity out of people that have none. Between Iron Triangle and its lobbyist fighting to get to their millions of dollars in service contracts thru the “stewardship contracts” and the Blue Mountains Forest Partners keeping their 2.5 million dollars flowing thru “monitoring efforts”.

See, this has nothing to do with forest health, or community stability, it has to do with a select few lining their pockets at the expense of our motorized access, and ways of life.

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Please forward this on to as many folks as you can, it is important that we have as many people  attend and speak up on this issue as possible.

The US Forest Service will hold a meeting meeting Nov. 9th in Baker, Oregon to discuss a way forward for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and specifically. We ask every Man, Woman and Child to attend this meeting and speak out against the restriction of motorized access to our public lands. The message is clear, any forest plan revision that restricts open motorized access to the Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forest, and that also does not reinstate open motorized use to the Umatilla National Forest is unacceptable to the local residents of our region. Please, if you are free on Monday night Nov. 9th, please attend this meeting and help us help you defend your right to enjoy you public lands openly and freely. Again, Please forward this on to as many folks as you can, it is important that we have as many people attend and speak up on this issue as possible.

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FAFA Meeting today

FAFA meeting this coming Sat. at the Sunridge Inn Nov. 7th at 3:00 pm. -1 Sunridge Ln, Baker City Or.
Hope to see you all there.

Forest Service meeting on Access and Wilderness coming up on Mon. Nov. 9th from 6 to 9 at the Baker Armory- 1640 Campbell St.
We need everyone that uses the forest to come and express your thoughts on our Access and Wilderness.
Lets fill the Armory!!

Thanks to all of you that traveled to the Forest Service meeting in Lagrande on Mon. 2nd.

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Update on Counties Coordinating on Forest Plan Revision

After some discussions with County Commissioners we feel it’s time for an update as to where we’re at with county courts/commissioners moving to directly coordinate with the US Forest Service on the Forest Plan Revision.

As of today we know of two counties that are working on directly coordinating on the forest plan revision.

Wallowa County has requested direct coordination.

Baker County is working on coordinating. Commissioner Harvey has been actively engaged with the process through the NRAC committee, however Commissioners Kerns and Bennett have moved in a direction of stalling the process in favor of hiring a recently retired Forest Service Employee from the Malheur National Forest to negotiate away our rights. We are gravely concerned about Mr. Bennett and Kerns selection of this individual and their willingness to allow a non-Baker County resident, who has such close ties and allegiance to the Forest Service to be negotiating on behalf of the residents of Baker County, when he himself doesn’t have to live with the consequences of those decisions.

Union County has now openly stated in a meeting last week with Commissioner Davidson that they will “cooperate” (allow the Forest Service to be lead agency) with forest service on the forest plan revision and then “coordinate” afterwards. This came from a direct face to face meeting with Commissioner Davidson last week and would seem to go against his April 6th, 2012 pledge to the 1500 people in attendance that he stated “Union county supports you in this venture right to the bitter end” https://www.facebook.com/ForestAccessForAll/videos/vb.281919465219299/3342482636671/?type=2&theater .  Not directly coordinating on the Forest Plan Revision allows the forest service to place the baseline restrictions on our public lands that will then allow them to do site specific restrictions in the Travel Management Process, in other words, it’ll be to late for the county to take action. Mr. Davidson was asked to take up the natural resources plan of Baker County, and he stated he would not, and seemed to be angered that people were pushing so hard to move into coordination.

Grant, Harney, Umatilla Counties all refuse to engage in any type of direct coordination process and Grant Counties driving concern seems to be more of how well they did on a local golf tournament than their responsibilities to protect their local residents ability to openly access the forest and the natural resources within, well, those that the Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forest haven’t let burn this year.

We wanted to share this information with you so you are knowledgeable about the issues and how your local county officials are engaging in the process.

The Baker County NRAC meets Sept. 10th and County Commission  meetings Sept. 16th, please contact Tork Ballard for more information at 541 523 4209, your attendance and action at these and other meetings throughout the region would be greatly appreciated.

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FAFA writes Secretary of Agriculture on access and fire issues

Thursday Aug. 27, 2015 FAFA submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Undersecretary Robert Bonnie on their concerns of the current fire situation, poor land management practices and failure to maintain proper access to manage those resources.

If you feel these issues are important we would highly recommend you contacting Secretary Vilsack and Undersecretary Bonnie and expressing your desires to them.

Vilsack_Bonnie_8_26_15_letter

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Access meeting set for La Grande

Evening everyone –

If ever an evening where more telling of what the Forest Service is up to, tonight is one of them. Today one of the local environmental groups announce the dates of the La Grande meetings on Access, Pace & Scale of work, and Grazing, the announcement comes from this group before the Forest Service announced the meetings, so obviously someone has an inside track on the information, which we aren’t surprised by since they are “partners” in restricting our use.

The locations of the meetings have not been determined other than in La Grande, but the dates have been. We need 200 plus strong (more is better) to attend this meeting and we hope you and your friends can carve out 3 hours of your time on Sept. 3rd to attend the meeting, it’s important to you, your kids and grandkids future use of the forest.

We’d also like you to notice the have added Wilderness to this issues, which we will only guess is to give the Environmentalist community an opportunity to discuss an issue no one else has discussed so far.

Thurs Sept 3, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Access and Wilderness – hosted by Union County and Wallowa-Whitman NF
La Grande, OR – Location TBD

Thurs Sept 17, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Pace and Scale of Restoration – hosted by Union County and Wallowa-Whitman NF
La Grande, OR – Location TBD

Thurs Sept 24, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Grazing – hosted by Union County and Wallowa-Whitman NF
La Grande, OR – Location TBD

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Coordination 101 training in Baker

Aug. 20th – 22nd Fred Kelly Grant along with a group of successful individuals from around the west will teach a course on coordination with federal agencies. FAFA would like to invite you to attend and learn from these folks to find out what it takes to get your County Commissioners or local elected bodies to engage with federal agencies in a meaningful manner.

Please share this information widely with any group that you think would be interested in attending and learning more about how to be more effective in these processes.

Coordination flyer

Coordination 101 Daily Program

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