Huron-Manistee National Forests - Forest Plan Amendment


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Draft SEIS and Recreation Supply and Demand Analysis Released

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:20 PM

The Forest Service has released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the Recreation Supply and Demand Analysis.  Amazingly, the Forest Service's preferred alternative is to eliminate ALL semi-primitive non-motorized areas!

To justify the bizarre result (and the failure to consider in detail many reasonable alternatives which would have reduced the conflicts caused by allowing snowmobiling and firearm hunting virtually everywhere in the forests), the Forest Service literally made up things which it said the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Court held.  I'll post detailed information soon about the numerous errors the Forest Service made in preparing the Draft SEIS and the Recreation Supply and Demand Analysis.

Thank you for Commenting

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments to the Forest Service on the Notice of Intent.  (Yes, even including those of you who commented AGAINST the proposal.)  Hopefully, each of your comments will be considered by the Forest Service as they prepare the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

Michigan House and Senate Prepare End Run Around Public Comments

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Yesterday the Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources, Toursim, and Recreation reported out House Resolution 0017 which is an attempt to circumvent the public notice and comment process and the authority of the Forest Service "wildlife managers and experts" to have the "final say on how the public land is used".  If passed by the House, the resolution opposing "the possible ban of firearm hunting and snowmobiling in certain areas of the Huron-Manistee National Forest" would be sent to "the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation".  Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is schedule to take up Senate Resolution 0006, which is substantially the same.

Please write your Michigan Senator and Representative and tell them you oppose these resolutions and their blatant attempt to make a mockery out of the notice and comment process.  Click to find your Michigan Senator or Representative.

Lansing Meeting Rescheduled for February 10

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

The Forest Service has rescheduled the informational meeting in Lansing for Thursday, February 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Causeway Bay Hotel (Best Western), 6820 South Cedar, Lansing, Michigan.

Southfield Meeting Rescheduled for February 9

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

The Forest Service has rescheduled the informational meeting in Southfield for Wednesday, February 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Graden Inn, 26000 American Drive, Southfield, Michigan.

Lansing and Southfield Meetings Cancelled

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

The Forest Service's Informational Meetings to be held on February 1 in Southfield and February 2 in Lansing have been cancelled because of the bad weather.

Correction to Address for Comments

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 6:19 AM

The correct address for submitting electronic comments is [email protected]  (You should use "Forest Plan SEIS" as the subject.)

The website previously had omitted the hyphen between huron and manistee.  If you already submitted comments,  please resubmt them to the correct address.

I'm very sorry for the error.

Notice of Intent Comment DEADLINE IS 2/11/11

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Comments on the Notice of Intent have to be submitted by February 11, 2011.  You can email them to [email protected] (PLEASE USE ‘‘Forest Plan SEIS’’ AS THE SUBJECT) or you can mail them to:

Lee Evison

Forest Planner

Huron-Manistee National Forests

1755 S. Mitchell Street

Cadillac, MI, 49601.