BAKER CITY – The Forest Service is adding two meetings to the schedule as it continues rolling out the proposed Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.

The new sessions will be on April 9 in Clarkston, Wash., and April 10 in Ontario.

“We’ve had multiple requests from Oregon and Washington senators and representatives, county commissioners, partners, and members of the public to bring this information to these communities,” said Kevin Martin, Umatilla Forest supervisor.

He stressed the need for public input on the proposed plan and draft environmental impact statement, and said the additional meetings would help reach a larger audience in the region.

The proposed plan is intended to provide long-term management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman national forests.

The agency is still firming up the location of the two new sessions. All of the meetings run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., although people heading to the Ontario meeting are reminded that session will be on Mountain Time.

The new meetings will cap a series of a dozen that began in John Day on March 17, when about 80 residents gathered at the Federal Building to learn about the plan and the comment process.

More meetings followed last week in Burns, Long Creek, and Enterprise.

The schedule this week: Tuesday at the Baker County Fairgrounds, Wednesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande, and Thursday at the Lions Hall in Halfway.

The schedule for next week includes sessions on March 31 in Portland, April 1 in Pendleton, April 2 in Heppner, April 3 in Dayton, Wash., and April 4 in Kennewick, Wash.

Comments will be accepted during a 90-day comment period that ends June 16.

Comments may be submitted electronically through that site; written comments may be mailed to Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR, 97814 or faxed to 541-523-6392.

To download the plan, go to Printed copies are available to read at forest offices and local libraries, and CDs are available on request. Printed copies also are available but in limited supply, due to the cost of production.

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