USFS 2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives open for comment

Posted: Feb 16, 2013

Comment deadline: May 24, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service has released and is seeking public comment on the proposed 2012 Planning Rule Directives, the key set of agency guidance documents that will direct implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.

The proposed directives will help the Forest Service achieve the vision articulated in the 2012 Planning Rule – to protect and restore National Forests and Grasslands for the benefit of communities, natural resources and the environment. The Agency’s intent is to ensure an adaptive land management planning process that is inclusive, efficient, collaborative and science-based to promote healthy, resilient, diverse and productive national forests and grasslands.

Forest Service directives consist of the Forest Service Manual and the Forest Service Handbook which contain the agency's policies that serve as the primary basis for internal management, and provide procedures and techniques to be used by resources specialists and planning staff engaging in the detailed work of land management planning for the national forests and grasslands.

Read the proposed directives.

Comment on the Planning Rule.

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