HORCA, Colo. – The U.S. Forest Service and National Forest Foundation will hold a public meeting for the forest plan revision concerning fish, wildlife and rare plants on Tuesday, July 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Conejos Canyon Community Chapel. The chapel is located at 26727 Highway 17, between Fox Creek and Horca.
 
Participants at this meeting will:
·   Discuss existing conditions and future trends of fish, wildlife and rare plants.
·   Review the standards and guidelines of the current forest plan.
·   Engage in a map-based discussion concerning wildlife habitat.
 
This will be the final public meeting during the assessment phase of the Rio Grande National Forest’s plan revision process. The forest plan revision process is expected to continue for two more years with several more opportunities for public participation.
 
The meeting will feature an open house for the first half hour allowing the opportunity to view maps and engage in one-on-one discussion with RGNF staff. A short presentation by forest service staff will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by interactive discussions designed to provide input for the plan revision. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
The forest plan is the overarching document that guides all management decisions and activities on the entire Rio Grande National Forest, including preservation of cultural and historic resources, grazing, timber production, recreation, wildlife management, firewood cutting and gathering of special forest products.
 
For more information, visit the RGNF plan revision website at http://riograndeplanning.mindmixer.com/ or contact Mike Blakeman at the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.