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Comments sought on proposed Lolo Forest plan

| February 7, 2024 12:00 AM

A 60-day comment period opened Feb. 1 for Lolo Forest's proposed forest plan.

The land management plan is being revised for the first time since 1986. 

The proposed action is a preliminary draft of a revised plan developed so the public can identify key issues and information gaps to inform alternative development in the next phase of the revision process. 

According to Lolo Forest, the proposed action was developed in collaboration with tribal, county, state and federal partners, diverse interest groups, and hundreds of individuals throughout 2023. The strategic direction included within these documents was informed by the best available science. 

“This revision milestone is a tremendous step forward for the Lolo National Forest. The effort invested by the public developing these documents was invaluable and I’m grateful for the engagement we’ve experienced so far,” said Forest Supervisor Carolyn Upton. “This proposed action is a reflection of our collective best efforts, and I look forward to hearing what we got right and what issues need to be further addressed in our work to come.” 

During the comment period there will be opportunities to learn about the content of the documents and engage with Forest Service staff. 

The following Plan Revision Events will be offered in February.

- Online Revision Team Office Hours on Feb. 8 from 10-11 a.m. 

- St. Regis Proposed Action Public Meeting on Feb.13 from 4-6 p.m. 

- Missoula Proposed Action Public Meeting on Feb. 15 from 5-7 p.m. 

- Online Proposed Action Public Meeting on Feb. 20 from 5-7 p.m. 

- Online Revision Team Office Hours on Feb. 26 from 5-6 p.m. 

The public is invited to submit comments during the 60-day scoping period. 

Comments may be sent electronically by clicking the “Submit Comments” button on the righthand side of the project webpage  

Written comments or inquiries may be sent to: 

Attn: Amanda Milburn - Lolo Plan Revision  

Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office  

24 Fort Missoula Road  

Missoula, MT 59804  

Comments must be submitted, post marked and/or hand delivered by April 1, 2024. 

All correspondence, including names and addresses, will be part of the public record. To ensure your comments are effectively tracked and reviewed, people should avoid submitting multiple comments to different sites or addresses.

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