DEMO: This online open house was live February 19-July 5, 2016

The Colville National Forest, working with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, is excited to offer a variety of opportunities for public participation throughout the remainder of the Colville forest plan revision process. Our goal is to provide access to reliable information about Forest Service proposals, and engage the public in a shared understanding of the diversity of perspectives that will ultimately improve Forest Service decisions.

While Native American tribes are invited to participate in public participation opportunities, as sovereign nations they will also have specific and separate consultation processes.

Timing of opportunities

Current and Future Opportunities Graphic

Where we are

All four Community of Interest meetings and three online meetings (topical webinars) have been held. Listening sessions are scheduled June 1, 2, 6 and 7. And the Forest Service has responded to many invitations to meet with organizations about forest plan revision proposals since the start of the public comment period.

Community of Interest Meetings

In 2015, community members requested an opportunity to meet with those with similar interests to learn about the draft forest plan and DEIS, and how the proposals could affect particular uses of the forest. The U.S. Institute hosted these Community of Interest (COI) meetings. The COI meetings included representatives of organized groups and, in the case of the livestock grazing COI meeting, Colville National Forest livestock grazing permittees. 

Online Meetings (Topical Webinars)

Online meetings provided an opportunity to learn about a particular forest plan revision topic. They were held on May 16 (Forest Access by Roads) and May 23 (Forested Vegetation Management, Social-Economic Concerns).

Were you unable to attend the webinar? Check out the videos on this page or the summaries below.

Listening Sessions

Community members requested an opportunity to provide verbal public comment “on the record.” To meet this request, listening sessions were held in Colville, Cusick, Spokane and Republic on June 1, 2, 6 and 7, 2016, respectively.

Were you unable to attend or view the livestream? Check out the video on this page. All four sessions are available. Once the video is playing, use the player's forward/back arrow controls to skip to the listening session you would like to view. 

Word-for-word transcripts are available for all four sessions: Colville | Cusick | Spokane | Republic

Summaries are also available for all four sessions: Colville | Cusick | Spokane | Republic

The listening sessions provided interested individuals an opportunity to comment on the draft EIS and draft revised Forest Plan with the listening audience, including the Forest Service. Verbal comments of up to two minutes each were captured and transcribed by a court reporter.  The listening sessions began at 6:00 p.m. and continued until those present had made up to three verbal comments each. Forest Service informational posters were on display.

Where we’ve been

Collaboration with the public on Colville forest plan revision began in 2003. Notable milestones include:

  • Forest Summit in 2005-2006
  • Wilderness Evaluation Workshops in 2008
  • Roundtable convened by Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2009
  • Public scoping meetings and comment period in 2011

From 2003-2013, forest plan revision efforts were combined between the Colville and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. In 2014, the Pacific Northwest Regional Forester decided to separate the Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests’ plan revision efforts to more effectively reflect public input and resource needs.