The Lolo National Forest will release more documents for public review next month as the Forest Service works to revise the outdated management plan for the forest that envelops Missoula.
The Lolo National Forest is operating on its original resource management plan from 1986 but aims to have a new plan in place in about three years. The revision process began in January. Earlier this summer, a regional plan revision team spearheading the process took comments on a draft assessment of possible changes to the plan, and a list of potential species of conservation concern.
In coming weeks, the team is slated to release a revised assessment of possible changes and a draft preliminary need to change, according to an announcement Monday from Revision Team Leader Amanda Milburn. She wrote that the documents provide “a launching pad for plan development.” The draft preliminary need to change will eventually help shape drafts of the new plan, Milburn wrote.
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