The local community should tune into the new forest plan being developed for the Colville National Forest not only to ensure continued public use, but for the longevity of jobs in the area, according to Boise Cascade Inland Regional Manager, Tom Insko.
“It is pretty easy to be complacent and not be engaged in this process, but the national and state forest issues are going to drive where companies like Boise, Vaagen Brothers and other lumber yards in this area go,” he said. “At the end of the day, we have to ask where these mills are going to get their trees. How much do we want to lock up and not harvest? Do we want to see forest health decline?”
The new 15-year plan for the Colville National Forest is set to be released this summer for public comment. The current plan that was developed in the 1990s is set to expire and U.S. Forest Service policy requires development of a new plan that will address timber harvest, recreation, environmental issues and public use.
For more information about the new U.S. Forest Service 15-year management plan for the Colville National Forest, visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/Wenatchee/forest-plan  or call Public Affairs at 684-7177.
*See the complete story in the 6-1-2011 issue of the S-E.