The leadership of the U.S. Forest Service doesn’t seem interested in listening to rural citizens in Oregon and Washington State. Why?
The Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of the U.S. Forest Service have started a public process for revising forest management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan. Because these plans would guide how resources will be managed for the next two decades, the agency is holding public “listening sessions” to gather ideas on the revision process.
Yet, in Oregon and Washington these public sessions will only be held on March 17 near the Portland International Airport and March 18 near the Seattle-Tacoma International airport. It’s highly disappointing the Forest Service has failed to schedule meetings in rural communities in Oregon and Washington, where citizens have directly felt the impacts of current federal forest policies. We need your help to hold them accountable.
Healthy Forest, Healthy Communities has put together an online petition to top Forest Service officials. We’re sending a message to the Forest Service that it’s wrong to shut out rural communities as the agency determines the future of federal forests within the Northwest Forest Plan area.
The online petition can be found by clicking here, and it only takes a moment to add your name. Will you sign?