Planning Rule FACA Committee

 Recent Announcements:

The Forest Service is seeking applicants to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule(Committee)to guide land management planning in our national forests and grasslands. Members selected to serve on the Committee will continue the work of the first Committee which began in 2012.  They will advise and give recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on matters related to the implementation of the 2012 planning rule.                

The Federal Register notice (FRN) and press release announcing call for nominations were released on March 13, 2014. The 45-day nomination period closes April 28, 2014. Nominations require 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). Click here for mailing instructions.

  • The seventh Federal Advisory Committee meeting was  held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, CA March 5 – 7, 2014. Read the Federal Register notice and agenda to obtain additional information on the meeting. Click here for information on how to attend via webinar and/or conference call.
  • 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 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 provide ongoing advice and recommendations on planning rule implementation or other requests made by the Secretary or the Chief. This includes:

  • Outreach efforts, public engagement, and stakeholder collaboration
  • Broad scale and multiparty monitoring and other ways to engage partnerships in land management plan revisions
  • Communication tools and strategies to help provide greater understanding of the land management planning process
  • Potential best management practices and problem solving resulting from early implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule          
  • Other issues as identified by the Chief or Secretary related to planning rule implementation.

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. The seventh Federal Advisory Committee meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, CA March 5 – 7, 2014.

Click here to review all past meeting information.

 Related Documents

  • The Federal Register notice (FRN) and press release announcing call for nominations were released on March 13, 2014. The 45-day nomination period closes April 28, 2014. Nominations require 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).
  • Read the Federal Register notice and agenda to obtain additional information on the meeting in Sacramento, CA; March 5 – 7, 2014.
  • 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 Planning Rule FACA Committee charter.