Contact: Tom Knappenberger, 503

Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Region
Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building
1220 S.W. 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Contact: Shoni Pilip-Florea – 503-758-6119
Glen Sachet – 503-808-2790
March 19, 2015
Focus turns to Forest Plan Revision public engagement as Travel
Management [Subpart B] paused in the Blue Mountains
PORTLAND, Ore. As a result of discussions with Counties and members of the public, the Pacific
Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service sent a letter to the Counties within the Blue Mountains
this week advising them of direction sent to the three National Forests to defer any additional work
required under Subpart B of the Travel Management Rule until after the Blue Mountains Forest Plan
Revision is completed.
Subpart B (36 CFR Part 212) requires the designation of roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use.
The Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forests are most impacted by this direction, as the Umatilla
National Forest previously completed Subpart B.
“After speaking with Forest Supervisors Steve Beverlin [Malheur] and Tom Montoya [Wallowa-Whitman] as
well as impacted Counties and members of the public, we believe this pause will provide enhanced
opportunity to focus on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision re-engagement,” said Jim Peña, Pacific
Northwest Regional Forester. “It is my expectation that all three Forests [including the Umatilla] will continue
to address natural resource concerns and public access need as part of ongoing project-level decisions and
forest restoration efforts.”
Close coordination with the Regional Office is expected during completion of all three subparts of the National
Travel Management Rule.
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