East Moraine Community Forest Management Plan 60-day Public Comment Period Opens
ENTERPRISE - The Wallowa County Commissioners announce a 60-day public comment period on the East Moraine Community Forest Management Plan that will guide the direction of the multiple-use property.
Following more than a decade of effort by the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership, comprised of Wallowa County, Wallowa Land Trust, Wallowa Resources and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in early 1,800 acres of the Wallowa Lake East Moraine was purchased and conveyed into county ownership in January 2020. Since acquisition the Partnership, working with experts from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Nez Perce Tribe cultural and forestry divisions, and others in the community, began drafting a management plan that will govern the management and stewardship of the property, using the best available science to balance multiple uses and concerns across the landscape: forestry, grazing, cultural resources, habitat and recreation.
Kathleen Ackley, Executive Director of Wallowa Land Trust, said a diversity of community members, natural resource experts and land managers contributed to the draft plan. The Nez Perce Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department and Forestry Division staff also actively participated in the development of the Plan.
“Securing the RY Timber preserved the opportunity for the public to access and enjoy the East Moraine and is a huge win for the community, preventing permanent development of this iconic landscape,” Ackley said. “We invite the public to review the draft plan and provide comments to ensure the future management of the property is in line with the community’s vision.”
County Commissioner Susan Roberts said it’s important to provide the public and the taxpayers who own the property an opportunity to weigh in.
“Purchasing the property was a big step, but only the first, in providing economic and recreational opportunities while taking into consideration the overall health of the landscape,” Roberts said.
The East Moraine Community Forest Management Plan can be found on the Wallowa County website at https://co.wallowa.or.us/ under “News and Announcements.” An online survey is also posted on the Wallowa County website to capture comments on the various aspects of the property - habitat, cultural resources, forestry, rangeland and recreation.
A single, bound copy is available to be read onsite in the commissioners’ office on the third floor of the Wallowa County Courthouse.
Comments and answers to the survey must include name, contact information and a reference to the page and section of the draft plan or they will not be accepted. A meeting to capture more public input will be hosted Wednesday September 1 at 6:00PM at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds’ Cloverleaf Hall. The comment period ends October 2.
For More Information Contact:
Wallowa County Natural Resources and Economic Development Director
Wallowa Land Trust Application for Accreditation Renewal
Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice
September 2, 2020
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Wallowa Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
Wallowa Land Trust was first awarded accreditation in 2015. Accreditation renewal takes place every five years. This process means an independent, third-party analysis and assessment of Wallowa Land Trust to ensure we are meeting the highest national standards for land conservation and stewardship in perpetuity. The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Each accredited land trust completes a rigorous review process by an independent third party and joins a network of organizations united by strong ethical practices. Wallowa Land Trust is proud to be a part of this trusted network of land trusts who have demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve.
You are invited to participate. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, will be conducting an extensive review of Wallowa Land Trust’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Wallowa Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices
Comments may also be mailed to:
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
36 Phila Street, Suite 2,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please submit any comments on Wallowa Land Trust’s application no later than Monday October 5, 2020.
ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County celebrated a historic event in January — the acquisition of the 1,791-acre East Moraine Community Forest. Now that the land is in public ownership, it’s time for members of the public to weigh in on how to manage it.