(ALBANY)  At Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s next Eco-Forum, Supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest Tom Wagner will outline work accomplished on goals put forward in the 2005 Forest Plan as well as opportunities that remain. The monthly Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series at noon on Thursday, January 14th at the Nature Learning Center in Albany will be an opportunity to hear first-hand how recreation, timber, aesthetic, wilderness, and wildlife resources are being managed on one of the mostly heavily visited public ownerships in the nation.

To manage such a diversity of uses and services and ensure that the needs of the whole WMNF ecosystem are met, the Forest Service develops a Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) that is revised every 15 years. Foresters, wildlife and fisheries biologists, landscape architects, archaeologists and historians, botanists, soil and water scientists, hikers, rock climbers, skiers, engineers, and many others are invited to participate in drafting the Plan, determining the areas of the Forest that are suitable for the many uses sought by the public.

A variety of projects are undertaken to satisfy the goals spelled out in the Plan that include timber harvests, wilderness designations, road building, trail work, wildlife habitat manipulation, and much more. It has been over four years since the Plan was revised. How well is it working to safe guard this valuable public resource? What have you seen that you like or do not like that has occurred on the WMNF? This is a chance to talk to the Supervisor.

The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway as well as the Rock House Baker and is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.