2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives

USDA Proposes Generic Information Collection. Click here to review the Federal Register Notice.  

(The Final Planning Directives, effective January 30, 2015, are now available.)

The proposed directives are a key set of agency guidance documents that, once finalized, direct the implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.

The proposed directives will help the Forest Service achieve the vision articulated in the 2012 Planning Rule – to protect and restore National Forests and Grasslands for the benefit of communities, natural resources and the environment. The Agency’s intent 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.

A copy of the proposed directives can be found below. 

A notice of availability of proposed planning directives was published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2013.  Public comments were received through May 24, 2013.  In addition, tribal consultation was completed in June 2013.  The agency received approximately 18,000 public comments on the proposed directives. On November 21, 2013, the 21-member Planning Rule Implementation Federal Advisory Committee provided the Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief of the Forest Service a consensus set of recommended changes to the proposed directives.

The Agency is in the process of completing the final directives and is considering and incorporating feedback that will improve and support consistent approaches to achieving the broad goals of the 2012 Planning Rule.

USDA Announces Release of 2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives for National Forest System Land Management Planning

2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives

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