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Montana Wilderness Association's Vision For The Flathead National Forest

Swan Lake Ranger Station.
Eric Whitney
Montana Public Radio
Swan Lake Ranger Station, Flathead National Forest

We’re continuing our series of interviews with people involved in writing new Flathead Forest plan. One of those people is Amy Robinson, a staffer for the Montana Wilderness Association. Robinson talks about her organization's vision for the Flathead National Forest.Next week brings a new round of meetings to take public input on the draft management plan for the Flathead National Forest. They’ll be in Seeley Lake, Missoula and Superior on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can find a list of times and locations below.

"We have this uncertain future ahead. We try to predict what climate change means and how we're going to protect wildlife and connectivity. I think with the level of uncertainty that lies ahead and with the specialness of this landscape that we can't do enough to protect it."

You can also listen to our interview with the Flathead National Forest’s Joe Kruger, who’s in charge of writing the new forest plan.

We’ll hear other perspectives on what the future of the Flathead should look like in the days ahead.

Public meetings on the Flathead Forest Draft Plan:

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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