Planning Rule FACA Committee

Recent Announcements:

Apply now for membership! Deadline for applications is July 11, 2016. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule is now accepting applications for membership.  See the Federal Register Notice for more details. Nominations require a completed application packet, including the nominee’s name, resume, and completed form AD–755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information).

July 2016: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will meet in Portland, Oregon on July 12-14th.  Click here to see the Federal Register Notice announcing the meeting, the agenda, and webinar instructions.

May 2016:  The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will meet in Charleston, South Carolina on May 10-12th.  Click here to see the meeting summary.

Recommendations:

The Committee provides guidance and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service on Planning Rule implementation.  Click here to view the recommendations received to date from the Committee.

June 2016: The Committee has drafted two guides for Understanding Your Opportunities for Participating in the Forest Service Planning Process.  Click here to see the final text for: A Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Governments and A Guide for Citizens.

April 2016:  The Committee has provided recommendations for conducting Pre Assessment Wilderness Inventory work.  The committee has developed and conveyed the “Tool for Programmatic Overview of Implementation of the Rule – Measuring Success”.

December 2015: The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule, submitted a 'Letter of Recommendation on the Development of Assessments' to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture and Thomas L. Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The Committee believes that the "recommendations offered herein can assist planning teams in preparing more effective and efficient assessments that serve as an important first phase of a three part adaptive planning process".

March 2015: The Planning Rule FACA Committee provided recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the Forest on March 3, 2015.  They recommended the Forest Service improve the Transition Process for Forest Leadership and Forest Planning Team Members; as well as produce a “Planning 101” video to convey to the public the importance of our National Forests and explain the role of forest planning in protecting and managing public resources. As a result, the Chief of the Forest Service provided a response to recommendations on August 4, 2015.

January 2015 Updates: The FACA Committee reviewed the proposed planning directives and provided detailed recommendations to the Forest Service.  The final planning directives, released by the Forest Service and effective on January 30, 2015, reflect the FACA Committee’s recommendations, along with public comments, and supported the Agency’s efforts to provide guidance to support land management planning that fulfills the goals of the 2012 Planning Rule. See the FACA Press Release for additional information. Read the Committee’s Letter to the Chief that was submitted upon completion of the 2012 Planning Rule Final Directives.

 

Committee Overview

The Secretary of Agriculture selected 21 advisory committee members tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on Planning Rule implementation. Since 2012, the new Planning Rule continues to guide national forests and grasslands in developing, revising or amending land management plans. The previous committee’s membership expired in June 2014. The new committee members were selected from the candidates who responded to the Secretary’s request for nominations. The committee continues to embody the full range of public interests in management of National Forest System lands, consisting of members with diverse backgrounds that represent geographically diverse locations and communities.

Click here to view the news release announcing the new members.

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.

 

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.

Click here to learn more about the Committee members. 

 

Meetings

All Committee meetings are open to the public.

Click here to review all past meeting information.

 

 Related Documents

  • 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’s new charter, which will continue through February 2018 .

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