BLM Releases Solar Energy Monitoring Strategy

BLM logoThe Bureau of Land Management released today the final strategy for monitoring the impacts of solar energy development in eastern Riverside County. Public comments from the October draft strategy were considered into this final strategy which is part of the implementation of the Western Solar Plan.

The Riverside East Long Term Monitoring Strategy will help the BLM understand solar energy development's broad-scale effects on resources such as vegetation, hydrology, and air quality. The information generated through the strategy will help the BLM permit future solar energy projects.

Northwest Forest Plan 20-year monitoring draft reports released

USFS LogoPORTLAND, Ore. June 8, 2015. A set of draft reports analyzing 20 years of monitoring data under the Northwest Forest Plan has been formally released by the Regional Interagency Executive Committee (RIEC) today. The reports, which summarize the latest periodic monitoring data gathered since 1994, with a focus on the last 5 years, are available at http://www.reo.gov/monitoring/reports/20yr-report/.

“The 20-year monitoring reports are an important data set for all of those impacted by the Northwest Forest Plan,” said Jim Peña, Regional Forester for the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region and Chair of RIEC, the interagency group that oversees the NWFP. “Twenty years of monitoring demonstrates our commitment to adaptive management and fulfilling our commitment to the principles of the plan itself.”

Recreation use to be surveyed

US Forest Service LogoNational Visitor Use Monitoring begins on Plumas National Forest

Quincy, CA - Starting in October, the Plumas National Forest will be surveying forest visitors for the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) program. Through an agreement with Plumas National Forest, staff from the Sierra Institute will conduct the surveys in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads.  "These interviewers are gathering important information on visits to the Plumas National Forest, so please pull over for an interview if you get the chance," said Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest Supervisor.  "The survey is voluntary and all the information you give is confidential." Surveyors will be wearing bright orange vests and may be near a sign that reads "Traffic Survey Ahead."  They may be out in all kinds of adverse weather conditions.

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