Ecosystem Management Coordination
Revisions to NEPA Regulations
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
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.
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
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Pilot Webinars.
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
Inventoried roadless areas constitute roughly one-third of all National Forest System lands, or approximately 58.5 million acres.