Planning Rule FACA Committee

Recent Announcements

  • On November 21, 2013, the Federal Advisory Committee for Implementation of the Planning Rule (FACA Committee) presented to the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service recommendations for revisions to the proposed directives.  A transmittal letter and supporting appendices (Appendix 1 -detailed recommendations, Appendix 2- summary from committee co-chairs and Appendix 3- questions from the Forest Service) convey the Committee recommendations.  Beginning in February, 2013, the Committee carefully reviewed the proposed directives with the goal of offering recommendations that could support the clarity of the directives and ensure that the directives contribute to a planning framework that is transparent, inclusive, efficient and effective.  The Department and the Agency will consider the FACA Committee’s recommendations, along with public comment, as it revises the directives for final publication in spring, 2014.
    • Click here review the meeting summary from November 21, 2013.
  • The sixth Federal Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Hyatt Arlington in Arlington, VA on November 21, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. ET. Read the Federal Register notice and agenda to obtain additional information on the meeting.
  • Click here to review the “Protocol for Obtaining Comments, Presentations or Interaction with Members of the Public beyond the Standard Public Comment Periods and Procedures”.
  • U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule advisory group issues statement of optimism.

Continuing the strong emphasis that has been placed on public engagement throughout this rule-making effort, the USDA formed a Federal Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary and the Chief on implementation of the final planning rule.

The large number of talented applicants made for a very difficult selection process, but the Forest Service and the Department are extremely pleased with the number, quality, and diversity of applications received.  Members selected represent diverse backgrounds, the full range of public interests in management of the National Forest System lands, and geographically diverse locations and communities.

Members

The Committee is comprised of 21 members who provide balanced and broad representation of public interests including industry and user groups; environmental organizations; conservation organizations; recreation interests; members of the scientific community; State, County, or local elected officials (or designee); Tribal representatives; and other public interests.

Committee Overview

Members selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (Planning Rule FACA Committee) will advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Committee will be asked to perform the following duties or other requests made by the Secretary or the Chief:

  • Review the content of and provide recommendations on directives related to implementation of the planning rule.
  • Offer recommendations on implementation of the planning rule, based on lessons learned and best practices.
  • Offer recommendations for consistent interpretation of the rule where ambiguities cause difficulty in implementation of the rule.
  • Offer recommendations for effective ongoing monitoring and evaluation, including broadscale monitoring, for implementation of the planning rule.
  • Offer recommendations on how to foster an effective ongoing collaborative framework to ensure engagement of federal, state, local and Tribal governments; private organizations and affected interests; the scientific community; and other stakeholders.
  • Offer recommendations for integrating the land management planning process with landscape scale restoration activities through implementation of the planning rule.

Meetings

All committee meetings are open to the public.  The first FACA meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on September 11-13, 2012.  The second FACA meeting was held in Albuquerque, NM from Feb. 20 – 22, 2013.  The third meeting was held May 07 - 09, 2013 in Fort Collins, CO. The fourth meeting was held June 25 - 27, 2013 in Salt Lake/West Valley City, UT. The fifth meeting was held August 27 - 29, 2013 in Salt Lake/West Valley City, UT. The sixth Federal Advisory Committee meeting was held in Arlington, VA on November 21, 2013. 

Click  here to review all past meeting information.

Related Documents

  • Check out the meeting summary for the 6th Federal Advisory Committee meeting in Arlington, VA.
  • Click here to review the “Protocol for Obtaining Comments, Presentations or Interaction with Members of the Public beyond the Standard Public Comment Periods and Procedures”.
  • Read the Federal Register notice announcing the committee formation. (Note that a corrected Federal Register notice was published on January 5, 2012 extending the nomination due date to February 21, 2012.)
  • Read the Planning Rule FACA Committee charter.
  • The 45-day nomination period closed Feb. 21, 2012. Nominations required a completed application packet, including the nominee’s name, resume, and completed form AD–755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information). The form AD–755 may be obtained here (pdf version), or here (Microsoft Word version).