Find and follow important projects on any National Forest.
At FSEEE, we are often asked how the public can stay up-to-date and informed about projects taking place on a particular National Forest. Luckily, there is an easy way to follow Forest Service projects that include road building, permit issuance for mining, grazing, and special uses, timber removal, and much more. Each quarter, every National Forest publishes a Schedule of Proposed Actions or SOPA. These documents outline every project that is currently active on the National Forest from the initial planning stages through completion.
You can find SOPA reports online at http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/.
You can also contact the National Forest of interest and request printed copies of the SOPA report via the postal service (at no charge). SOPA reports are published the first of January, April, July, and October.
As Thomas Jefferson said: "An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will."
Read the memorandum allowing "active management" of old-growth forests.
Congressional Wilderness Bills to Watch
Wilderness designation is moving forward in this Congress. Please help keep the momentum going for these important public lands bills. You can read more about FSEEE's work to protect the last of our undeveloped public lands (like the Devil's Staircase proposed wilderness) here.
Below is a list of the wilderness bills currently before Congress. Call your representatives and senators and ask them to "Protect Wilderness NOW!" Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 (or click for complete list of Senate and House contacts). Thank you!
Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act (HR 41)
Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests Protection Act (HR 113)
The California Desert Protection Act of 2011 (S 138)
The Pinnacles National Park Act (S 161)
Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act (HR 1701)
Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (HR 163)
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act (HR 977/S 140)
Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act (HR 1241/S 667)
Manzano Wilderness Addition (HR 490)
Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act (HR 1413/S 766)
The Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Wilderness Act (S 607)
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (HR 608/S 322)
Volunteer on National Public Lands Day (or any day) in a National Forest
Who: You! The general public.
What: A day of service for public lands
When: September 29, 2012
How: Visit the official website for National Public Lands Day or contact the National Forest in your area to learn how you can participate in volunteer activities. Those who participate in the official event will receive a fee-free coupon good for one day of free entry to any participating federal public land, no matter the agency.