Welcome to the U. S. Forest Service Planning Rule Website!

Uinta National Forest Image by Teresa Prendusi

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 acre National Forest System.  The NFMA required the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a planning rule ‘‘under the principles of the Multiple Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960, that set[s] out the process for the development and revision of the land management plans, and the guidelines and standards’’ required by the NFMA.


Overview of Rulemaking Process


The process for developing the planning rule will go through several stages.  Select Overview of Rulemaking Process for more information; the  NEPA process is also discussed.

Draft Concepts for the Proposed Rule Content

Initial ideas on how to address a variety of topics in the proposed rule are located on our former blog; explore past posts from the public.