The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are moving into a new phase of plan development, starting with a formal scoping period. This 30-day comment period, beginning March 30, will seek public input on the first elements of the revised Forest Plan, including: key needs for change; vision and distinctive role and contribution of the GMUG; and proposed management area framework. Together, these sections provide a foundation for building a proposed plan that can provide for ecological sustainability, contribute to the area's social and economic stability, and integrate resource management for multiple uses and ecosystem services.
"Now that we're shifting from assessment to planning, we want to make sure we're focusing on the key issues and to start laying the groundwork for the revised Forest Plan," said Samantha Staley, GMUG forest planner. The GMUG will be hosting two scoping webinars on Monday, April 2, 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, April 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m. See www.usfs.adobeconnect.com/gmug-500/; call 1-888-844-9904, participant code 8454465# for audio.