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The sun sets on top of Skyline Drive in the Manti LaSal National Forest, which is getting an updated management plan.

 

Forest Service asks for feedback on developing forest plan

 

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

10-15-2020

 

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is asking for the public’s feedback on developing a new forest plan.

The Manti-La Sal forest plan hasn’t been updated since 1986.

Forest service officials have been hard at work to revise a draft plan, but the scoping period has been delayed, said Manti-La Sal forest planner Kyle Beagley.

“We have gone through the process to develop a draft plan,” said Beagley. “A scoping period gives the public a chance to look at the documents we have developed and tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns members of the public have and would like to be addressed prior to more in-depth analysis which happens in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).”

The new forest plan will reflect updated management goals, forest officials said.

For example, recreation has changed since 1986; visitation and population have increased; and some areas, such as Maple Canyon in Sanpete County, have become international destinations.

The public is invited to review all available documents, as well as links to virtual workshops, a story map and information on how to comment, on the forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning.

Virtual workshops will be offered throughout October and November with options to dial in via phone or link in via a computer.

“If you have any questions please reach out and contact us at any time,” Beagley said. “Community engagement creates better, more resilient forest plans. It builds and maintains working relationships. It allows for shared learning and understanding between the agency and the public, while also promoting a common understanding of facts and issues that affect the planning process.”