Welcome to the U. S. Forest Service Planning Rule Revision!
The 2012 planning rule for land management planning for the National Forest System was published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2012, and it became effective 30 days following the publication date on May 9, 2012.
The Forest Service released proposed planning directives for public review and comment on February, 2013. Comments received from the public on both the proposed planning directives and 2012 planning rule played a critical role in helping the agency design an approach to planning that is adaptive and effective. Over 16,000 comments representing diverse communities and interests from across the country shaped the final planning directives. In addition to the public comments, detailed recommendations from the Federal Advisory Committee (FACA Committee) chartered by the Secretary of Agriculture are reflected in the directives.
The final planning directives, effective January 30, 2015, are now available. These directives are the key set of agency guidance documents that direct implementation of the 2012 planning rule. The Agency’s goal is to ensure an adaptive land management planning process that is inclusive, efficient, collaborative and science-based to promote healthy, resilient, diverse and productive National Forests and Grasslands. The final directives will support consistent approaches to achieving the broad goals of the 2012 planning rule.
The 2012 planning rule was developed through the most collaborative rulemaking effort in Agency history. The complete planning rule, including the preamble and rule text, along with other informational materials, is listed in the News section below.
Please see the Collaboration and Public Involvement webpage for information on the collaborative efforts used during development of the rule. Links are also located in the left banner of this website providing information on the history of forest planning; the basics on what's involved in forest planning and why it's important; as well as answers to frequently answered questions (FAQs) about the rulemaking process.
USDA Forest Service Releases 2012 Planning Rule Final Directives for National Forest System Land Management Planning
On January 30, 2015, the Forest Service released the final planning directives. Comments have been received from the public and edits have been made to the proposed planning directives to improve and support consistent approaches to achieving the broad goals of the 2012 Planning Rule.
- A copy of the final directives can be found here: Final Directives Webpage. Copies can also be obtained at any regional Forest Service office or by calling (202) 205-1449.
USDA Announces Selection of Planning Rule Advisory Committee Members
The Secretary of Agriculture selected 21 advisory committee members tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on Planning Rule implementation. 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.
Forest Service Releases Proposed Planning Rule Directives and Seeks Public Comment
On February 15, 2013, the Forest Service released proposed planning directives for public review and comment.
- A copy of the proposal can be found on the Proposed Directives Webpage.
- Copies can also be obtained at any regional Forest Service office or by calling (202) 205-1449.
- The comment period closes 60 days after publication of a notice of availability in the Federal Register, estimated to be on or about February 20.
Planning Rule FACA Committee to Advise the Secretary and Chief on Implementation of the Planning Rule of 2012
The Secretary of Agriculture selected 21 members to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. This committee advises and gives recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on implementation of the 2012 planning rule.
Visit the Planning Rule FACA webpage for further information on the committee.
USDA Announces Release of Final Planning Rule for National Forest System Land Management Planning
Eight National Forests Selected as First to Implement Planning Rule of 2012
National forests in Alaska, California, Idaho, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico were selected as the first to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule. Click here to read the press release for more information.
2012 Preferred Alternative and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
2011 Proposed Planning Rule
2011 Draft Environmental Impact Statement
2009 Notice of Intent
Public Collaboration and Involvement