I attended, along with several members of Baker County Natural Resources Advisory Committee, the Blues Intergovernmental Council meeting in Baker, on March 21, 2023.

The purpose of the BIC supposedly is “serve as an overarching entity for planning and guidance around land management issues related to the Blue Mountain Forests, namely the Malheur, Wallowa-Whitman, and Umatilla, including but not limited to the Forest Plan Revision.” On the website, first and prominently displayed, is that this “BIC process” wants, needs and pontificates about the absolute desire for public involvement and engagement. These are great talking points, but sadly was the very least of what I witnessed personally.

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