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Ecosystem Management Coordination

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The EMC Staff Welcomes You

The Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff supports and manages planning and decision making processes used by the Forest Service to manage the lands and resources of the National Forest System. This site is designed to provide you access to the major information collection, storage, analysis, and decision-making processes used by the Agency. We have also provided information about the various national teams that support our efforts.

  • Revisions to NEPA Regulations

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    On June 13, 2019 the Forest Service published a proposed rule updating the agency’s NEPA regulations and initiating a 60-day public comment period.

  • 2012 Planning Rule

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    The 2012 Planning Rule as amended directs the land use planning process for national forests and grasslands. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) requires the Forest Service to develop land management plans to guide management of the 154 national forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie that comprise the 193 million acres.

  • Improving EADM

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    The Forest Service, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conducts environmental analysis using the best available science, analysis and other relevant information, to increase the diversity, health, resilience, and productivity of our national forests and grasslands.

  • CEQ Pilot Webinars

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    Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Pilot Webinars.

  • Climate Change

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    The guidance documents Climate Change Considerations in Project Level NEPA Analysis and Climate Change Considerations in Land Management Plan Revisions, provide the Agency with the support needed to appropriately incorporate climate change into land management planning.

  • Roadless Area Conservation

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    Inventoried roadless areas constitute roughly one-third of all National Forest System lands, or approximately 58.5 million acres.