Publication of the proposed planning rule in the Federal Register began a 90-day public comment period, which ended on May 16, 2011. To encourage public engagement, the Forest Service hosted a public forum to discuss the proposed rule on March 10, 2011 in Washington, D.C. In addition, regional public forums were held throughout the country during the public comment period.
2011 National Forum
The purpose of these forums was to help the public understand the content of the proposed rule. The Forest Service did not solicit public comments at the forums. Because the forum occurred during the public comment period, comments needed to be submitted in writing.
The presentations, Q&A and discussions that took place during the Forum were video streamed but are NOT be part of the comment record.
The National Forum was held on March 10, 2011 from 9:00am to 7:00pm at the Renaissance DuPont Hotel, at 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The purposes of the Forum were to:
Provide stakeholders an in-depth understanding of the Proposed Rule.
Continue to build a foundation for collaboration when the final Rule is implemented.
2011 Regional Forums
The purpose of these forums was to help the public understand the content of the proposed rule. The Forest Service did not solicit public comments at the forums. The forums occurred during the public comment period, and comments needed to be submitted in writing.
In addition to the National Forum, forums occurrd in each Forest Service Region. The following link provides the schedule for when and where the regional forums were held.