MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Rio Grande National Forest will hold three public meetings during the last week of September to present and discuss the Proposed Action for the forest plan revision. The Proposed Action is the first step in the formal plan development stage of the revision process.
 
The Proposed Action is not a proposed plan; the public will help develop the proposed plan through input on the Proposed Action. Public input will also help identify issues and develop alternatives to the proposed plan that will be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement.
 
Presentations and discussion are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for each meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
The meetings are scheduled for:
 
Tuesday, September 27, at the Saguache County Road and Bridge Building, 305 3rd Street, Saguache.
 
Wednesday, September 28, at the South Fork Community Building, 254 State Highway 149, South Fork.
 
Thursday, September 29, North Conejos School District board room, 17890 US Highway 285, La Jara.
 
The forest plan is the overarching document that guides all management decisions and activities on the entire Rio Grande National Forest, including activities such as 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 Rio Grande National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande  and click on the forest plan revision link or contact Mike Blakeman at the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-6212.