Friday, 12 July 2024

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The deadlines and guidelines have been announced for filing arguments for and/or against all county, school or district measures posted on the Lake County Registrar of Voters webpage that will be printed on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

The deadline to file arguments is Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The deadline to file rebuttal arguments, only if opposing arguments are filed, is Tuesday, Aug. 27.

No argument shall exceed 300 words in length.

Arguments shall be titled either “Argument In Favor Of Measure ___” or “Argument Against Measure ___.”

No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument.

All arguments must be accompanied by the “statement that argument is true and correct” as required by Section 9600 of the CA Elections Code.

Arguments must be typed and formatted in block paragraph style.

Limited use of bolding, capitalizing, underlining, italics, center text and bullets (small solid circles only) are permitted.

Do not use profanity or other objectionable language.

Arguments must be filed with the Lake County Registrar of Voters.

Only one argument in favor of and one argument against a measure shall be selected for printing and distribution with the sample ballots. The Registrar of Voters will notify the author(s) of selected arguments in writing.

Rebuttal arguments shall not exceed 250 words in length.

Rebuttal arguments shall be titled either “Rebuttal To Argument In Favor of Measure ___” or “Rebuttal To Argument Against Measure ___”

Rebuttal Arguments can be signed by five or fewer people.

Please be accurate, arguments will be printed exactly as submitted; spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors will not be corrected by the Registrar of Voters Office.

Interested persons are advised to contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 707-263-2372 prior to the filing deadline of Aug. 20 for required forms, additional information and guidelines.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Celebrating Independence Day outdoors is a national tradition, and the USDA Forest Service happily welcomes visitors this Thursday, July 4.

But remember, fireworks and pyrotechnics are prohibited on public lands — every forest, every campsite, every day.

More than 90% of all fires are human caused. Together, Californians can help prevent wildfires with just a bit of planning.

“July 4 celebrations bring a record number of people to California’s 18 national forests. But remember, leave the fireworks displays to your city and local groups,” said Jim Bacon, director of Public Services for the Pacific Southwest Region. “And be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and leave the area better than you found it. Plan ahead, so everyone can enjoy a safe, holiday weekend.”

To ensure a fun Independence Day:

• Consult our Interactive Visitor Map or visit each national forest website for alerts on sites and trails. Have backup destinations in mind, in case an area is closed or overcrowded.
• Trails, trail bridges, and roads may still be blocked due to lingering snowpack, flooding or road damage.
• Stay water smart. Lots of people on boats, enjoying waterways this holiday. But still seeing continued run-off from the snow in the high country. Do not enter cold, rapid water and never enter the water to rescue a victim. Throw something that floats and call 9-1-1.
• Recreate Responsibly – Note any fire restrictions in place before starting a campfire, carry tools to extinguish a flame, and report a fire by calling 911.
• Use the Know Before You Go site for more answers to all your big questions.

For regional happenings, follow Pacific Southwest Region on Facebook, X and Instagram. Or search for individual national forests on X.

The Lake County Literacy Coalition held a Tutor Appreciation Tea at Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum in Kelseyville, California on May 20, 2024. Shown here (from left to right) are Literacy Coalition member India Mendonca, Adult Literacy Coordinator Georgina Guardano, Literacy Coalition members Esther Oertel, Deb Ehrhardt, Teresa Marks, Pam Klier, Jo Fay, Susan Parker and Peggy Alexander. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Lake County’s Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum on Soda Bay Road was the venue for this year’s appreciation tea for adult literacy tutors.

More than 40 tutors, learners, and members of the Lake County Literacy Coalition Board gathered on May 20 for afternoon tea at the Stage Stop’s rustic but elegantly decorated barn.

Guests enjoyed sweet and savory treats along with tea, coffee or cold beverages while listening to guest speaker and Lake County Historical Society President John Parker share tales about Lake County’s past, including Ely Stage Stop’s history as the site where five stagecoach routes converged.

Parker, an archeologist who has worked in that discipline in Lake County since 1971, offered a wide variety of interesting information, ranging from our unique geology to the area’s early prominent families to the lives of Native Americans around the Lake.

Guests were invited to stroll the grounds or visit the museum building after the talk to enjoy historical artifacts in both places.

The Lake County Literacy Coalition hosts the Tutor Appreciation Tea each spring to thank adult literacy tutors who volunteer their time to make a difference in their learners’ lives.

The venue changes from year to year. Last year’s event was held at Bellhaven Flower Farm.

The coalition is a volunteer organization created to support the efforts of the Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program.

If you have an interest in becoming a literacy tutor or if someone you know may wish to receive tutoring services, please contact the Adult Literacy Program at 707-263-7633 or visit the literacy program online.

Lake County Historical Society President John Parker addresses guests at the Lake County Literacy Coalition Tutor Appreciation Tea at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum on May 20, 2024, in Kelseyville, California. Courtesy photo.

NORTH‌‌ ‌‌COAST, ‌‌ ‌‌Calif. — Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌reports‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌following‌‌ ‌‌road‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌will‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌taking‌‌ ‌‌place‌‌ ‌‌‌around‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌North‌‌ ‌‌Coast‌‌ ‌‌during‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌coming‌‌ ‌‌week. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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Included‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌Mendocino‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌projects‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌may‌‌ ‌‌impact‌‌ ‌‌Lake‌‌ ‌‌County‌‌ ‌‌commuters, as well as work in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.
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Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌advises‌‌ ‌‌motorists‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌drive‌‌ ‌‌with‌‌ ‌‌caution‌‌ ‌‌when‌‌ ‌‌approaching‌‌ ‌‌work‌‌ ‌‌areas‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ prepared‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌stop‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌traffic‌‌ ‌‌control‌‌ ‌‌stations. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
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The‌‌ ‌‌Caltrans‌‌ ‌‌Traffic‌‌ ‌‌Operations‌‌ ‌‌Office‌‌ ‌‌has‌‌ ‌‌reviewed‌‌ ‌‌each‌‌ ‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌and‌‌ ‌‌determined‌‌ ‌‌that‌‌ ‌‌individual‌‌ ‌‌‌project‌‌ ‌‌delays‌‌ ‌‌are‌‌ ‌‌expected‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌be‌‌ ‌‌less‌‌ ‌‌than‌‌ ‌‌the‌‌ ‌‌statewide‌‌ ‌‌policy‌‌ ‌‌maximum‌‌ ‌‌of‌‌ ‌‌30‌‌ ‌‌minutes‌‌ ‌‌unless‌‌ ‌‌‌noted‌‌ ‌‌otherwise. ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

For‌‌ ‌‌updates‌‌ ‌‌to‌‌ ‌‌this‌‌ ‌‌list‌‌ ‌‌check‌‌ ‌‌QuickMap‌‌ ‌‌at‌‌ ‌‌‌www.dot.ca.gov‌‌‌ or‌‌ ‌‌1-800-GAS-ROAD‌‌ ‌‌‌(1-800-427-7623). ‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌

LAKE COUNTY

Highway 20

Route 20 (1.1/2.4) – Construction work from Blue Lakes Road to Irvine Avenue will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 15-minute delays. LC#P20KA

Highway 29

Route 29 (0/5.8) – Utility work in Middletown from Route 175 to the Napa County Line continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C29LA

Route 29 (45.1/48.1) – Culvert work in Lakeport from Park Way to north of the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff will begin on Monday, July 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C29DA

Highway 175

Route 175 (20.6) – Road work at Maple Shadows Drive continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P175BA

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Highway 1

Route 1 (31.1/31.6) – Road work at the Elk Creek Bridge 10-120 continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1WA

Route 1 (35.4/38.8) – Utility work near Navarro Bluff Road will conclude on Friday, July 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P1FA

Route 1 (51.4/51.9) – Bridge work north of Mendocino at the Jack Peters Creek Bridge 01-43484 from Lansing Street to south of Road 500D. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1VA

Route 1 (70.2/71.8) – Utility work south of Newport at Ocean Meadows Circle will begin on Monday, July 8. One-way traffic control will conclude on Friday, July 12. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P1CA

Route 1 (75.4/76.1) – Emergency work south of Westport from the Blues Beach Trailhead to the Overlook will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 30-minute delays. LC#C1TA

Route 1 (81.6/82.2) – Road work south of the Portal Rock Vista Point continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C1CB

Route 1 (82.2/82.9) – Road work south of Hardy from the Portal Rock Vista Point to the Devonte Vista Point continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C1BB

Route 1 (85.1/89) – Culvert work from north of the Hardy Creek Bridge 10-141 to north of the Redwood Grove Picnic Area will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C1EA

Route 1 (87.8/103.2) – Paving work in Rockport north of Rockport Street to Redwood Forest Foundation Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C1QA

Route 1 (90.9/100.1) – Guardrail work north of Rockport from Usal Road to Redwood Forest Foundation Road will begin on Monday, July 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C1QA

Highway 20

Route 20 (.2) – Electrical work in Fort Bragg near S Harbor Drive will begin on Tuesday, July 16. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P20CA

Route 20 (1.8) – Electrical work in Fort Bragg at Dwyer Lane will occur on Thursday July 18. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P20AA

Route 20 (4.1/5.4) – Electrical work in Fort Bragg will occur west of Camp One Access Road on Friday, July 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P20BA

Route 20 (32.2) – Electrical work in Willits east of Pepperwood Way will begin on Monday, July 15. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#P20CA

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (4.3/4.5) – Culvert work north of Comminsky Station Road will occur on Thursday and Friday, July 18-19. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C101EE

U.S. 101 (11.7/13.2) – Tree work in Hopland from Hewlitt Sturtevant Road to the Cal Fire Hopland Fire Station will occur on Tuesday, July 16. Lane closures will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C101FA

U.S. 101 (25) – Utility work in Ukiah at the Orrs Creek Bridge 10-194 will begin on Tuesday, July 16. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect minor slowdowns in the area. LC#C101GA

U.S. 101 (30.7/33.8) – Road work north of Ukiah from Route 20 to Uva Drive continues. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C101RB

U.S. 101 (33.7/43.2) – Road work south of Willits from Route 20 to Uva Drive in Redwood Valley will continue. Lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#M101QD

U.S. 101 (57.7/59) – Culvert work from the Moss Cove Rest Area to the Arnold Bridge and Overhead 10-179 will begin on Monday, July 15. Lane closures will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#M101OA

Highway 128

Route 128 (48.5) – Utility work at Mountain House Road will occur on Friday, July 19. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C128BA

Highway 162

Route 162 (.7/1) – Culvert work from the Outlet Creek Bridge 10-233 to the Corral Creek Bridge 10-234 will conclude on Friday, July 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C162DA

Route 162 (7.9/8.4) – Bridge work at the Eel River Bridge 10-236 continues. Lane closures will be in effect and motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C162HA

Route 162 (10/11.5) – Utility work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge 10-237 continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays. LC#C162CA

Route 162 (11/12.6) – Road work south of Dos Rios near the Rodeo Creek Bridge 10-237 continues. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C162IA

Highway 253

Route 253 (1.7/2.3) – Road work near Boonville at Bald Hills Ranch will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect and motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C253DA

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (35.8/36.5) – Construction at the Dr. Fine Bridge near Smith River will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C101WA

HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Highway 36

Route 36 (0.0/2.8) – Construction near Alton from the 101 junction to Rohnerville Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. LC#C38AA

Route 36 (11/11.5) – Bridge work near Pamplin Grove will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C36UA

Route 36 (13.5/16.9) – Pavement work west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 15 and 16. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. LC#C36BA

Route 36 (15.7/16.3) – Emergency work west of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C36DA

Route 36 (16.9/21.3) – Pavement work near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 17 and 18. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. LC#C36BA

Route 36 (21.3/25.3) – Pavement work near Bridgeville will occur. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 19. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays. LC#C36BA

Route 36 (25.3/25.4) – Bridge work east of Bridgeville will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C36UA

Route 36 (37.2/37.4) – Emergency work west of Dinsmore will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C36DA

Highway 96

Route 96 (27/27.6) – Construction work near Bluff Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C96LA

Route 96 (28.1/29.9) – Bridge work north of Weitchpec will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C96KA

Highway 101

U.S. 101 (13.5/15) - Landscape work near Dean Creek is planned. A southbound lane closure will be in effect. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns. LC#M101EA

U.S. 101 (27.7) – Bridge work near Myers Flat continues. Lane closures will be in effect and motorists should expect minor slowdowns. LC#C101CF

U.S. 101 (61.5) - Landscape work at the Fortuna Main Street northbound onramp is planned for Monday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Travelers should use an alternate route. LC#M101EA

U.S. 101 (64.3, 72.9) – Work near Fernbridge and King Salmon is planned. Lane closures will be in effect. Motorists should expect minor traffic slowdowns. LC#C101QC

U.S. 101 (78/79.4) – Road work in Eureka from Broadway to V Street will continue. A northbound lane closure will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Travelers should expect minor slowdowns. LC#C101HD

U.S. 101 (87.48) – Bridge work in Arcata on the St. Louis Road Overcrossing will occur from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 18 and 19. Travelers should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C101QC

U.S. 101 (87.48) – Bridge work in Arcata is planned. A northbound lane closure is planned weeknights overnight on July 11/12 and July 12/13 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Travelers should expect minor slowdowns. LC#C101QC

U.S. 101 (112.5/114.5) - Drainage work near Dry Lagoon is planned for July 12. One-way traffic is expected from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Travelers should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C101YA

Highway 169

Route 169 (32.4/32.6) – Tree work west of Weitchpec will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate up to 10-minute delays. LC#C169BA

Highway 254

Route 254 (0.4/0.9) – Drainage work south of Phillipsville is planned on July 12. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travelers should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C254BA

Route 254 (4.2/6.3) – Drainage work south of Miranda is planned. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays Travelers should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C254BA

Route 254 (4.3/4.8) – Road work north of Fish Creek Road will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C254DA

Highway 255

Route 255 (3.5/4) - Permit work near Manila is planned on July 16 and 17. Travelers should expect 5-minute delays. LC#P255CA

Route 255 (8.8) - Bridge work near Arcata is planned weeknights on July 18/19 and July 19/20. Travelers should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C255AA

Highway 299

Route 299 (7.1/8) – Electrical work east of Blue Lake is planned for July 12. Expect one-way traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10-minute delays. LC#C299RA

Route 299 (11/11.4) – Construction about 11 miles from 101 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-minute delays. LC#C299FA

Route 299 (12.4/13.4) – Culvert work about 13 miles from 101 will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C299FA

Route 299 (15/22.5) – Guardrail work west of the Berry Summit Vista Point is planned. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute delays. LC#C299RA

Route 299 (29/33.2) – Utility work east of Berry Summit is planned. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights. Travelers should expect 10-minute delays. LC#P299BA

Route 299 (32.1/32.5) - Construction work west of the East Fork Campground will continue. One-way traffic control will be in effect. Motorists should expect 5-minute delays. LC#C299LA

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lake County Social Services announced that as of July 1, Employment Services — formerly known as the JobZone— will move to a new location.

It will now be located in the main Social Services office located at 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake.

Employment Services' main phone number, and worker phone numbers, will not be changing.

Social Services said the move will allow for seamless customer services in eligibility and employment services in one central location.

All Welfare-to-Work programs will now be accessible in our main office.

For more information, call 707-995-9015, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


ANUNCIO DE MOVIMIENTO DE SERVICIOS DE EMPLEO

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Los Servicios Sociales del Condado de Lake se complacen en anunciar que a partir del primero de Julio de 2024, los Servicios de Empleo (anteriormente conocidos como JobZone) se trasladarán a la oficina principal de Servicios Sociales ubicada en 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, CA 95457.

El número de teléfono principal de Servicios de Empleo y los números de teléfono de los trabajadores no cambiarán.

Este cambio permitirá ofrecer servicios de atención al cliente de manera fluida en los Servicios de Elegibilidad y Empleo en una ubicación central. Todos los programas de Bienestar al Trabajo estarán ahora disponibles en nuestra oficina principal.

¿Tienes alguna pregunta? Llámanos al (707) 995-9015, de lunes a viernes, de 8:00 am a 5:00 pm.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is taking the next step to advance President Biden’s commitment to conserve old growth forests by publishing a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed national old growth forest plan amendment.

The proposed amendment will be available in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment for 90 days following publication.

This amendment will provide consistent guidance for the stewardship, conservation, and recruitment of old growth across national forests.

The proposed amendment highlights the importance of proactive stewardship actions in managing threats to old growth forests, and to reduce wildfire risk, considering current and emerging climate-driven threats.

It also calls for adaptive management strategies to be developed using local, geographically relevant information and the best available science, including Indigenous Knowledge.

“Recent scientific analysis shows us that many old-growth forests are under significant threat from climate change,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Forest Service’s plan will help safeguard these iconic stands of trees through science-based management and conservation strategies that can be adapted to unique local circumstances on national forests. USDA is looking forward to receiving feedback on today’s draft proposal from tribal, state and local governments, industry partners, conservation organizations, and many others — all of whom will be critical partners in the forest management and conservation actions needed to ensure the maintenance and growth of old-growth forests into the future.”

“Our old growth forests breathe in carbon pollution, cleaning up the air, and filter our water, cleaning up rivers and streams. These forests are an essential partner in tackling climate change. President Biden’s historic leadership on climate – including his executive order on safeguarding our forest system – leans into that partnership and potential by advancing climate-smart forestry and investing in forest restoration,” said Assistant to President Biden and National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. “Today’s action will help better inform the stewardship of the national forest system and strengthen our work to deploy nature-based solutions that improve the resilience of lands, waters, wildlife, and communities.”

“Old growth forests are important to our ecosystems by capturing carbon, and contributing to clean air, soil, water and diverse habitats,” said Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. “Old forests also provide other benefits like subsistence and cultural uses, outdoor recreational opportunities and sustainable local economic development. The proposed old growth amendment will provide guidance that can be adapted locally to support multiple uses, including proactive stewardship of old forests to reduce wildfire risk and create long-term resilience in a changing climate.

At President Biden’s direction, the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, completed the first-ever nationwide inventory of old and mature forests, and developed definitions for more than 200 forest types in the United States.

This initial inventory report showed BLM and Forest Service manage approximately 32 million acres of old growth and 80 million acres of mature forests on federally managed lands, for a total of 112 million acres. Old-growth forests represent 18% and mature forest another 45% of all forested land managed by the two agencies.

The Forest Service also recently finalized The Mature and Old Growth Threat Analysis, which identifies threats to mature and old growth forests on Forest Service and BLM lands. The report informed the Forest Service’s proposed national amendment and highlights the urgent need for action, suggesting current management is not responsive enough to address disturbances driven by climate change such as wildfire, insects and disease.

The Forest Service evaluated tribal and public input from the initial scoping period, which closed Feb. 2, 2024. Extensive feedback from a diverse range of audiences was vital in the development of the draft environmental impact statement and were incorporated into the proposed action and used to develop alternatives. The agency will continue to learn from the input and feedback received during this public comment period, as well as through ongoing tribal roundtables and consultation sessions, and dialogue with cooperating agencies, and state and local governments.

This work is part of larger agency efforts to support healthy, resilient forests and ecosystems by integrating climate change considerations into all aspects of planning and operations to support healthy resilient forests and ecosystems. The work is consistent with the Inflation Reduction Act which directed $50 million to fund old growth conservation and stewardship as well as Executive Order 14072, Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies, issued by President Biden on April 22, 2022. It also supports the Forest Service’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy and Reforestation Strategy. In addition, USDA announced updates to its Climate Adaptation Plan earlier today, in concert with other agencies acting to advance climate resilience.

Throughout the comment period, the Forest Service will conduct public engagements and field tours, including virtual information sessions. The agency will also continue formal consultation with Tribes and work with state and local governments, conservation districts, and other cooperating agencies.

Additional information on engagement opportunities is available on the Forest Service National Old Growth Amendment website.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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