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USFSISchooI News Wednesday, Jan. 10, 200t 9A "We need to work better with local people to make decisions road-manage- about their forests' local roads," announced Jan. 4 Dombeck said. "This policy will miles of roads on help us bring communities to- National Forest gether to make common sense 300 miles of decisions in the best interest of classified, the land about the roads we forest road manage- should keep, those we should relying on scientif-close and those we may want to public involve- convert to other uses, such as provide walking trails." that is safe, re- The policy addresses all roads to public needs, envi- over which the Forest Service sound, affordable has jurisdiction and sets official to manage, was ap- definitions for road manage- U.S. Department of ment terms. In addition, the pol- Chief Mike icy gives interim requirements for inventoried roadless areas was sent Jan. 4, to and contiguous unroaded areas. Register for publica- The policy is a result of an ex- tensive public involvement policy will ira- process that began in January access to the forest1998 when the Forest Service an- while diminishing nounced its intent to revise its erosion and water road policy. At the same time, " Dombeck the agency issued an interim :shiRs the agency's poll- rule that temporarily suspended developing its trans- road construction and recon- maintain its struction in certain unroaded system in an en- areas on national forests and and financially grasslands. The agency received -= way." a record number of comments-- i. Forest Service has a more than 130,000. $8.4 billion mainte-The interim rule gave the reconstruction back-agency a timeout to develop a only about 20 new road management policy of the annual funding and analytical tools. The Forest to maintain the existing Service received approximately mile road system to 5,900 comments when it released and safety start- its proposed road management policy in March. The agency is Plumas, $1 million is currently working on a separate , on roads, accord- policy that protects inventoried Ann Schramel Tay- roadless areas on National For- offi- est System lands. "We won't be sure how we of $166 million is un- will implement the road man- deferred mainte- agement policy until we overlay Taylor said. That it with Herger/Feinstein and this is regular roadthe upcoming Sierra Nevada the forest hasn't Framework decision," said .= to afford. Mark Madrid, PNF supervisor. shift in public "What we do know is that fu- forests over the ture road funding from congress the Forest service to is predicated on our having a approach to decidingsolid picture of what roads we extent, use and need in the future. Congress is for the forest road not going to appropriate money to a program when they have no 15,000 logging vehicles clear picture of the benefits or forest roads daily--the problems." Concerning lo- same number as in cal road management meetings, contrast, an estimated Madrid said, public information travel forest sessions will be held in early recreation on a daily February following the release is 10 times greater of the Sierra Nevada Frame- work. Paul Hardy, a wildlife biolo- gist in the Quincy area, talked to children in the Plumas School-aged Child Care Program at Quincy Ele- mentary School Friday, Jan. 5. Hardy asked children questions about what they think animals and birds eat, and then how they survive in the winter. Hardy then talked to them about which birds migrate in the winter. Following the talk, students made birdfeeders. For infoP mation about the nonprofit program, contact director Rhonda Hardy at 2830797. 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