National forests’ Great Basin Science Synthesis

Many residents joined in Susanville to discuss the Lassen and Modoc national forests’ science synthesis. As discussed, the two forests are developing the synthesis in preparation to revise the forest plans.

Regardless of whether you attended the public forum in person, residents can still provide feedback on the science questions that will shape the science synthesis. From now through Jan. 8, 2017, the forests would like to hear from you in one of two ways:


•Postal mail: Dr. Kas Dumroese, Great Basin Science Synthesis team leader, 1221 South Main Street, Moscow Idaho 83843.

So what happens next?

The scientists developing the science synthesis will review and consider the feedback they receive as well as any other topics the public or tribes recommend the researchers consider. The team will then finalize the guiding topics and questions and develop a draft science synthesis. The draft science synthesis will be released for public and peer review before being published as a final general technical report. 

The Great Basin Science Synthesis will focus on areas of both forests not already addressed by the Northwest Forest Plan area science synthesis or the Sierra Nevada Science Synthesis. The combined results of these three science-based documents will provide the scientific foundation for how the Lassen and Modoc revise our forest plans. Scientists from the Forest Service’s Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science will develop the Great Basin Science Synthesis. 

For more information and to view the proposed science questions, visit