The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has scheduled the final Community Forest Planning Session for December 6th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. This planning session will focus on developing a roadmap for achieving the community’s desired goals as well as designing methods for keeping the newly created Yellow Dog River Community Forest protected on a long term basis.
The Community Forest model aims to incorporate the maximum amount of public input in the decision making process. On November 1st, 2016, the Community Forest Planning Session One was held and over 30 people attended. A presentation about the area’s natural resources and human activity was given by the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, followed by a presentation by Barbara Nelson-Jameson of the National Park Service about how public planning works. Attendees were then asked to visit discussion stations with the Community Forest Committee and talk about topics like ecological services that the forest provides, recreational uses, potential educational programming, and possible economic benefits.
YDWP gathered the input from attendees while also providing a written survey for distribution to any interested community members. In addition, the survey is available electronically via the group’s website at http://bit.ly/2eGs3TH. Surveys must be turned in by November 22, 2016 in preparation for Community Forest Planning Session Two. YDWP encourages those interested in providing their input to first review the information about the forest on their website to educate themselves prior to forming their opinion.
Once all of the public input is collected, it will be compiled by the Community Forest Committee who will finalize the makeup of the plan. The information will be assembled into a written document and the community will have an opportunity to provide final input before the Committee approves the Yellow Dog River Community Forest Plan.