Gallatin County Commission to consider support of Forest Plan revision recommendations

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will consider sending a letter in support of the Gallatin Forest Partnership’s proposal as part of the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process.

U.S. Forest Service officials are working on revising the Forest Plan, a comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines, for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This effort was launched in 2016.

A draft plan and draft environmental impact statement were released earlier this year and include five forest plan alternatives developed for the approximately 3,039,000 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

As part of this process, the Forest Service is currently in a 90-day public comment period seeking input on the alternatives. The public comment period runs through June 6.

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will decide on submitting a letter as part of that public comment period that supports recommendations for the Forest Plan made in an agreement by the Gallatin Forest Partnership.

The Gallatin Forest Partnership is a coalition of citizens, landowners, entrepreneurs, recreational interests, business and natural resource professionals that drafted its own recommendations for the Forest Plan.

To see those recommendations proposed by the Gallatin Forest Partnership, click here.

To see the draft letter the Gallatin County Commission will be deciding on sending, click here.

To see more about the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process, click here.

The Commission will consider the letter at its Tuesday, May 21 public meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the community room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, located at 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment can also be submitted to the Gallatin County Commission prior to the May 21 meeting by emailing commission@gallatin.mt.gov or dropping it off at the Commission Office, located in room 306 of the Gallatin County Courthouse. If you have any questions, please call the Commission Office at 406-582-3000.

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