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New Flathead Forest Plan Will Shape Policy For 2.4 Million Acres

Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is revising its forest plan for the first time since 1986. The plan lays out what is and isn’t possible on 2.4 million acres of federal land from Seeley Lake to the Canadian border.

The forest service is launching a series of public meetings to talk about the draft plan beginning Tuesday, March 17 in Kalispell. Joining us now to talk about it is Joe Krueger, the project leader for the new Flathead National Forest plan.

"If anybody wants to have some input on the future of the Flathead National Forest, this is the time."

Public meetings on the Flathead Forest Draft Plan: 

March 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
Flathead NF Supervisors Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell MT 59901

March 19, 5:30-7:30 pm
Riverstone Family Lodge, 6370 US Hwy 93N, Eureka, MT 59917

April 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
Seeley Lake
Seeley Lake Community Center, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

April 8, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fort Missoula Pavilion, Missoula, MT 59804

April 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
Superior Ranger Station Conference Room, Superior, MT 59872

April 14, 5:30-7:30 pm
Lincoln Community Hall, 404 Main St., Lincoln, MT 59639

April 15, 5:30-7:30 pm
Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Main Ave. North, Choteau, MT 59422

*Primary focus is NCDE Grizzly Bear Amendment

Forest Plan Revision Schedule:

Assessment: Completed April 2014

Draft Proposed Action: Completed March 6, 2015

60-day Scoping Period: March 6 – May 5, 2015

DEIS and 90-day comment period: January 2016 (late Jan-April)

FEIS & Draft ROD: December 2016

FEIS & Final ROD: June 2017

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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