It is vital that we all keep up with what’s going on in every Ranger District on the Forest. We will try to keep in touch with plans in each District, but it will be necessary to rely on your input to stay current. Let us know as soon as you hear of planned timber sales or questionable “management activities,” and we will post them.
Look up timber sales and other activities impacting the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.
Warning – Since 2003, many ranger districts of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have begun to routinely narrow your opportunity to comment on projects to a single period of about 30 days! Once this brief period is over, there is often no chance to discuss or challenge the project. This greatly reduces your time to get involved and limits your ability to familiarize yourself with the project, visit the site, research scientific or other technical concerns about the proposal, share your concerns with others who may be opposed to (or supportive of) the project, or build opposition (or support) for the project. Since the Forest Service often asks for initial comments on many projects in winter months, weather conditions during this 30-day window often limit your ability to access the site or view it when plants are green.
Previously, the public was given at least two comment periods spaced over several months – or more – to learn about projects. Now the public is routinely given one 30-day comment period only at the very beginning stages. In addition, the Forest Service often forces the public to comment on a lengthy document (the environmental assessment) before it is even shared with the public! Yes, this is happening; and it is happening on your public lands. The Forest Service has resorted to these cheap (and probably illegal) tactics to shield itself from having to listen to members of the public. If you are concerned about any of the projects (or geographical areas) listed below, we advise to you write the rangers below immediately and ask to be put on the NEPA mailing list for the project (or district). Remember to respond quickly and thoroughly whenever you receive a mailing about a project you are concerned about. Encourage friends and neighbors to do the same.