[11/30/16] National Forest Works Balance Pack And Saddle Outfitting Permit Process

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Balanced Wilderness use key feature of pack and saddle stock outfitting and guiding analysis


WENATCHEE, WA – Imagine majestic peaks, alpine lakes and seemingly endless solitude all from the saddle of a horse. For many, a multi-day trip like this into the back country of the north Cascades is the adventure of a lifetime. For local pack and saddle stock outfitter-guides, the Forest provides a key economic opportunity. Currently, the Forest is working to provided needed access while protecting Wilderness character into the future. 


“Pack and saddle stock outfitting and guiding is one of many ways in which nature is a key economic force in our region,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor, Jason Kuiken.  “As a Forest we are here to both care for the land and serve the people who use it.”


Since 2000, the Forest has been working with stakeholders and pack and saddle stock outfitters to increase efficiency in the agency permit process, provide long-term economic certainty, and decrease environmental impacts in Wilderness and backcountry areas.


“The Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness areas are a treasured part of this landscape. Providing necessary access through service days while balancing Wilderness use is important to all of us,” added Kuiken.


In accordance with federal regulations, the Forest Service is currently in a 45-day formal comment period on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement which began with a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on November 25, 2016. All comments meeting 218 standards will be analyzed and incorporated into future analysis. To comment, please visit go.usa.gov/x8Nw7. A final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision is expected in the spring of 2017. A 45-day formal objection period will follow at that time.


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