2013 IPNF Revised Forest Plan: Pre-decisional Administrative Review

Pre-decisional Administrative Review
(Objection Process)

Note: The IPNF Forest Plan was finalized on January 5, 2015. The information below describes the Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process that was used prior to the Regional Forester's final decision.  For a list of objections received and information about how the process was completed, please visit the IPNF Revised Forest Plan - Objections Received webpage.

The revised Plan and the draft Record Of Decision were subject to review and objection pursuant to 36 CFR 219 regulations. The following information outlines the requirements for participation in the objection process:

A written objection must be submitted within 60 days following the publication of the legal notice of the objection period in the Federal Register and the newspapers of record. (Links to the legal notices published in the Coeur d'Alene Press, or in the Missoulian) The Objection Period for the Revised Forest Plan runs from September 28, 2013 to November 26, 2013. It is the responsibility of the objector to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner. The publication date of the legal notice of the objection period in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection. Objectors should not rely on date or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The following address should be used for objections sent by regular mail, private carrier, or hand delivery:

USDA Forest Service
Objection Reviewing Officer
EMC, RPC-6th Floor
Attn: Judicial and Administrative Reviews
1601 N. Kent St
Arlington, VA 22209

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays
Phone to be used for carrier deliveries is 202-205-1449.
Electronic objections must be submitted to: objections-chief@fs.fed.us

Faxed objections must be submitted to: (703) 235-0138.

In electronic objections, the subject line should contain the name of the revised Plan being objected to. An automated response will confirm that your electronic objection has been received. Electronic objections must be submitted in MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). It is the objector’s responsibility to provide sufficient evidence and rationale for why an independent Forest Service review and resolution of issues should be conducted.

The objection must meet the content requirements of 36 CFR 219.54, and include the following information:

  • The objector’s name and address, along with telephone number or email address, if available;
  • A signature, or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for electronic mail may be filed with the objection);
  • When multiple names are listed on an objection, identification of the lead objector and verification of the lead objector upon request;
  • The name of the plan revision being objected to, and the name and title of the responsible official;
  • A statement of the issues and/or the parts of the plan revision to which the objection applies;
  • A concise statement explaining the objection and suggestion of how the proposed plan decision may be improved. If applicable, the objector should identify how the objector believes that the plan revision is inconsistent with law, regulation, or policy; and
  • A statement that demonstrates the link between prior substantive formal comments submitted by the objector and the content of the objections, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the opportunity for formal comment.

Incomplete responses to these requirements make review of an objection difficult and are conditions under which the reviewing officer may set aside an objection pursuant to 36 CFR 219.55(a)(5).

If an objection is received, the responsible official will publish a notice of all objections received in the newspaper of record and post the notice online. Unless the time is extended (36 CFR 219.56(g)) the reviewing officer will issue a written response to the objection within 90 days. Prior to the issuance of the reviewing officer's written response, either the reviewing officer or objector may request to meet to discuss issues raised in the objection and seek potential resolution. The reviewing officer must allow other interested persons to participate in such meetings. An interested person must file a request to participate in an objection within 10 days after publication of the notice of objection. Resolution meetings are also open to the public. If you are interested in attending any resolution meetings, please contact the Responsible Official or monitor the following website for postings about current objections in the Forest Service: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r1/landmanagement/projects and look for the Appeal Resolution Meeting Schedule quick link.

Click here for a summary of the entire objection process.