The Land Management Plan or Forest Plan is the principal document that guides the decision making of Forest Service managers. Forest Plans provide long–range management direction. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) is the primary statute governing the administration of national forests. The planning rule interprets the NFMA and guides the amendment and revision of all land management plans.
The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are the three "early adopter" national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service that are revising their Forest Plans using the 2012 Planning Rule. The revision process involves three stages: assessment of forest resource condition and trend, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction.
To officially start the formal NEPA process, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2014, that briefly describes the purpose of and need for action and the proposed action to revise these forest plans.
Scoping comments on the proposed action were submitted to the Forest Service which help to refine the proposed action, identify preliminary issues, and develop alternatives to the proposed action.
Forests: The entire Inyo and Sequoia National Forests, and the Sequoia National Forest lands outside of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
The Notice of Intent (NOI), detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters. For earlier information regarding forest plan revision documents and the planning process prior to the release of the NOI and scoping period, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region's planning website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR.
The Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) and Pacific Southwest (CA) Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.
To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service is holding a series of public listening sessions from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm. March 17, 2015 in Portland, OR; March 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA; and March 25, 2015 in Redding, CA. Location details can be found found at this webpage.