Public invited to discuss Great Basin science synthesis for Lassen and Modoc National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service   invites the public to help shape the science synthesis for the Great Basin/Modoc Plateau portions of the Lassen and Modoc national forests. This document will become the science foundation for the agencies to revise their land management plans.

These plans provide strategic direction guiding how the Forest Service manages national forest system lands. Before these agencies begin revising their plans, they must complete a science synthesis that combines the most recent and best available science-based information about the area.

The first step in developing this synthesis is determining the topics and questions to address. A team of scientists from the Forest Service’s Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science will develop the science synthesis around the natural resource topics and science questions established by Lassen and Modoc national forest staff. These topics and questions are influenced by public, governmental entities and tribal input.

The public has two opportunities to provide input:

•Dec. 8: Attend a public workshop at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jensen Hall Building, 195 Russell Avenue, Susanville.

•Dec. 8 through Jan. 8, 2017: Provide feedback via postal mail: Dr. Kas Dumroese, Great Basin Science Synthesis Team Leader, 1221 South Main Street, Moscow ID 83843. Feedback will also be accepted via an email address that will be provided on the project website on December 8.

Together the Lassen and Modoc national forests manage 2.8 million acres of national forest system lands in Northern California. The forests are combining efforts because they share geographically and ecologically similar resources. For more information, visit

Lassen National Forest lies at the crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood for homes, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.

For more information, call 257-2151 or visit