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Shoshone National Forest to release draft forest plan
The Shoshone National Forest was the first national forest in the United States. It encompasses parts of Fremont and Park and Hot Springs counties. U.S. Forest Service photo

Shoshone National Forest to release draft forest plan

Jul 27, 2012 - Staff

The Shoshone National Forest will be releasing its draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement on Monday, July 30.

Forest planners say eight years and more than 75 public meetings have gone into the creation of the draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement.

Draft forest plans and environmental impact statements are created using a combination of input from private individuals, public meetings, and cooperator meetings.

"These are fluid documents, which can change as we move forward in the revision process," a U.S. Forest Service statement reads.

The draft documents will be available on the Shoshone National Forest website by 8 a.m. Monday, July 30.

The draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement also can be viewed at Fremont County libraries and or local ranger district offices.

To request these documents in hard copy or on a compact disk, contact the forest supervisor's office at 307-527-6241.

An official 90-day comment period will begin Saturday, Aug. 4. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to submit substantive comments, which may be used to modify alternatives, evaluate new alternatives, improve or modify the analysis, and make factual corrections.

For further information about the Shoshone National Forest's draft forest plan or draft environmental impact statement:

- Send an e-mail to shoshone_forestplan@fs.fed.us ;

- Call the forest supervisor's office in Cody at 307.527.6241; or

- Stop by any Shoshone National Forest office in Cody, Dubois, or Lander

"As the nation's first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations," the forest service statement reads.

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