How To Comment

How to Comment on the Proposed Forest Service Planning Rule and DEIS

The Forest Service would like to hear your suggestions for improvements to the proposed planning rule!

Image of Salmon-Challis National Forest by D. Albert

SUMMARY:The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests comment on a proposed rule to guide land and resource management planning for all units of the National Forest System (NFS) under the National Forest Management Act of 1976. The proposed rule sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain, protect, and restore NFS lands while providing for sustainable multiple uses, including ecosystem services, so that NFS lands continuously provide ecosystem functions and contribute to social and economic sustainability. Planning under the proposed rule would be collaborative and science-based with the responsible official required to take the best available scientific information into account and provide opportunities for public participation throughout the planning process.

The proposed rule creates a framework for NFS planning through a three-part planning cycle: 1) assessment; 2) plan development, plan revision, or plan amendment; and 3) monitoring. This cycle is intended to move the Agency toward a more responsive planning process that allows the Agency to understand the landscape-scale context for management, adapts management to changing conditions, improves management based on new information and monitoring, and supports an integrated and holistic approach to management that recognizes the interdependence of social, ecological, and economic systems.

DATES:Comments on the proposed rule and/or DEIS must be received in writing by May 16, 2011.  The Agency will consider and place comments received after this date in the record only if practicable.  Public meetings to discuss the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement will be held throughout the country during the public comment period.  A schedule of meeting dates and further information is available HERE on the planning rule Web site.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments through the public participation portal at http://www.govcomments.com/

  • Alternatively, submit comments by addressing them to Forest Service Planning DEIS, C/O Bear West Company, 132 E 500 S, Bountiful, UT 84010; or via facsimile to 801-397-1605.  Please identify your written comments by including “planning rule” on the cover sheet or the first page. 
  • Alternatively, submit comments through the World Wide Web/Internet website http://www.regulations.gov.
  • All comments, including names and addresses, when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. 
  • The public may inspect comments at http://contentanalysisgroup.com/fsrd/.

December 2009 Notice of Intent (NOI)