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Forest Service to ask for public input

by Sharon Carter

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comments on its proposal to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Plan for the Northern Sierra. The Northern Sierra Plan covers 400,000 acres of forest lands along 100 miles of the Sierra Nevada in Nevada and California.

That is the message Dave Loomis, a forest planner with the U.S. Forest Service’s Carson City district office, brought to the Douglas County Planning Commission Tuesday. Loomis was out laying the groundwork for a series of meetings along the eastern Sierra Front that will start Dec. 11 and continue into next year.

“What we learn in the public meetings will help us determine how the forest should be managed over the next decade,” Loomis said.

Loomis said forest planners have developed four alternative management plans that will cover watershed protection, critical habitat for plants and wildlife, preserving the scenery of the Sierra and also provide recreation opportunities for the public.

The Northern Sierra Plan is part of the larger Sierra Nevada framework which covers all 10 national forests in the Sierra.

The conservation elements of the management plan will determine the directions the Forest Service takes in managing old forest ecosystems, spotted owl habitat, fire management, riparian ecosystems and noxious weeds.

The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the Sierra Room at the Carson City Community Center.

On Dec. 15, a meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse in Bartley Regional Park in Reno.

On Dec. 17 at 4 p.m., a meeting will be held in Markleevillve at Turtle Rock Park.

And, on Jan. 12, a joint meeting of forest planners and the Douglas County Planning Commission will be held at 1 p.m. in the Old Courthouse in Minden.

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