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Initiation of George Washington National Forest Plan Announced

Roanoke, VA (February 16, 2007) - Forest Supervisor Maureen Hyzer has announced the initiation of the revision of the George Washington Forest Plan. The Forest Plan will provide broad direction for future management activities on the 1,065,389 acres that make up the George Washington National Forest. Public participation is essential to help determine how the Forest can meet the demands for the multiple uses that the Forest provides.

All interested individuals and groups are invited to a series of public workshops beginning in March of 2007. The workshops will involve discussions regarding current management direction that may need to change. Workshops will continue throughout the spring and early summer of 2007. The first phase of public workshop dates, times and locations are outlined below:

Day/Date/Time Location Contact
Monday March 5, 2007
6-9 p.m.
Hot Springs Presbyterian Church
7433 Sam Snead Hwy.
Hot Springs, VA 24445
Pat Sheridan
District Ranger
(540) 839-2521
Tuesday March 6, 2007
6-9 p.m.
Rockbridge High School
143 Greenhouse Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Annie Downing
District Ranger
(540) 291-2188
Wednesday March 7, 2007
7-10 p.m.
National Guard Armory
451 Hoover Road
Woodstock, VA 22664
Jim Smalls
District Ranger
(540) 984-4101
Thursday March 8, 2007
6-9 p.m.
Alleghany County Governmental Complex
9212 Winterberry Ave.
Covington, VA 24426
Gerry Jackson
District Ranger
(540) 962-2214
Saturday March 10, 2007
1-4 p.m.
Rockingham County Government Office Building
20 E. Gay Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Elwood Burge
District Ranger
(540) 432-0187

The Forest Service has monitored and reviewed current social, economic and ecological conditions and trends and has evaluated the Forest’s progress toward achieving the desired conditions that were identified in the 1993 Forest Plan. This evaluation can be found in the draft Comprehensive Evaluation Report (CER) now available on the world-wide-web at This website also contains other draft documents and information on the revision process.

For more information, please contact your local District Ranger listed above or call the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Supervisor’s Office at (540) 265-5100.

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