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The new Mon National Forest Plan marches on.....
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by Vicky Mattson | 2005

Learn about where we are on the Forest Planning process, and what YOU can do to help the Chapter and the Mon National Forest

Every ten years or so the National Forests are required to reexamine their management plans. The Monongahela and many other forests in the region are in the midst of their planning process. For the last 18 months the foresters on the Mon have been examining research and collecting data and public input to put together a draft of the overall management plan.  The 90 day period following the release of the draft will give those of us that care about the Mon an opportunity to provide guidance to the U.S. Forest Service. 

The management plan guides the forest in which parts should be held as backcountry, recommended for wilderness and developed for wildlife management and logging.  The draft plan will provide about four different choices. During the comment period you can recommend a particular choice and recommend changes to any of the choices.  The U.S. Forest Service is interested in your personal experiences with particular areas.  The Sierra Club and the WV Wilderness Coalition will be working very hard this summer getting many of you to write letters to the Forest Service.  We will also need many volunteers that care about the Mon to get out and table events, throw house parties and talk to their friends and neighbors about why this process is so important.  The Forest Service will host a series of Open Houses and we will need help turning our friends out for all of them.   The Mon needs to hear from us this summer.

If you have any time to work on this we can use plenty of help.  Join Team Table! Or let us know where your personal talents lie.  We will need help with writing letters to newspapers, and making phone calls to our member lists as well as attending the open houses.

The Charleston Section of the Sierra Club will be hosting David Ede, the Forest Planner from the Monongahela National at our July 14th meeting. Mr. Ede has been integrally involved in the plan development and will share his insight into the process. He will let us know how best to comment on the draft plan. 

If you are interested in helping out or attending any events please contact Vicky Mattson at Vicky.mattson@sierraclub.org or 304-342-3182

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