Forest plan public meetings planned

MONTE VISTA — Rio Grande National Forest will hold four public meetings concerning the draft forest plan and environmental impact statement during the first two weeks of November. The doors will open 30 minutes before the meeting start time.

Representatives from the Forest will present an overview of the draft forest plan and environmental impact statement, and answer questions from the audience. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to review maps and have further discussions with Forest Service employees following the presentation.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

*   Wednesday, November 1 at the Creede Community Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

* Thursday, November 2 at the Rio Grande County Annex from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

*?Wednesday, November 8 at the Guadelupe Parish Hall in Conejos from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

*?Thursday, November 9 at the Saguache Community Building from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The draft documents are available for review and comment online. The 90-day comment period began on Friday, September 29, and will end on Friday, December 29.

Comments may be submitted by email to [email protected]; by fax to 719-852-6250; or in writing to Rio Grande National Forest, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 1803 West U.S. Highway 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144.

For more information, visit the Rio Grande National Forest website at or contact Forest Planner Erin Minks at 719-852-6215.