Forest Service seeks public input
The Six Rivers National Forest is inviting local residents to participate in an evaluation of recreation sites on its lands to ensure the agency provides the best recreation opportunities in the right locations.The 155 national forests nationwide are taking steps to create a sustainable program that aligns their developed recreation sites with the type of recreational experiences desired by visitors, according to a news release.
“We are committed to responsibly serving the public by efficiently operating and, when necessary, modifying the services we offer to ensure recreation sites provide the right opportunities in the right places,” stated Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley.
The study will specifically look at the operation and maintenance of campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, boat ramps and information stations.
The outcome of a seven-step evaluation process, called the Recreation Site Facilities Master Plan, will be a five-year work program that focuses on the management of developed recreation sites on the forestlands.
According to Jean Hawthorne, recreation and engineering staff officer, the Forest Service is completing step one in the process, which aims to update the Forest Service’s inventory of recreation sites and assemble estimates of operation and maintenance costs, as well as the amount of deferred maintenance for each site.
The public has until July 17 to provide input on the “forest niche.”
To provide input, residents are invited to attend a workshop on July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters Office at 1330 Bayshore Way in Eureka.
Input may also be mailed to Jean Hawthorne to the address above regarding recreation opportunities unique to the Six Rivers, what forest visitors enjoy most, how forest recreation affects local communities, and forest recreation opportunities that are important for the long term.
Response forms are also available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/rsfmp
For more information about this project, phone Jean Hawthorne at 707-441-3543. Information is also available on the Six Rivers National Forest Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/rsfmp