If you’re a fan of the Gunnison National Forest and care about its future, then you can’t afford to sit out during Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) Forest Plan revision. On June 5th the Forest Service launched a once-in-decades opportunity to update the GMUG Forest Plan. Our forest plan is the oldest in the nation, and we have the opportunity to bring forest management into the 21st century. ARE YOU IN?
Calling All Forest Activists!
Because public involvement is at the heart of the revision process, you have a critical role to play in securing a progressive GMUG Forest Plan. We invite you to join us at the HCCA office in the Crested Butte Depot (716 Elk Ave.) on Thursday, June 15 to learn more. There will be maps to examine, sign-up sheets for summer outings, and complimentary beer and snacks. HCCA’s Public Lands Director Matt Reed will be on hand from 5:00 – 7:00 to meet with members and supporters, so please drop by!
What Does the GMUG Forest Plan Do?
The GMUG is a combination of three national forests covering 3,161,900 acres. The GMUG Forest Plan guides stewardship by creating a “big picture” view of how the forest will be managed. Because our current plan was developed in 1983, it struggles to address the remarkable challenges and opportunities confronting the GMUG today.
What is Forest Plan Revision?
The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires that forest plans be periodically revised. The GMUG’s revision process is expected to last three years, and will establish management direction for wilderness, recreation, wildlife habitat, water, extractive uses and much more. Revision emphasizes public involvement, giving YOU an important opportunity to help shape the future of the GMUG.
What Can We Accomplish Together?
HCCA is leading efforts to bring the GMUG Forest Plan into the 21st century. Our goal is to see a revised GMUG Forest Plan that protects, restores and increases wilderness and wildlands; prioritizes the conservation of land, water and wildlife; supports sustainable recreation; and is based on the best available science.