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How to provide effective comments on the proposed national forest planning rule and EIS

March 18, 2011
by Mary O'Brien

Trail to Gold Knob, La Sal Mtns.

On February 10, 2011, the USDA Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife and promote vibrant communities (press release).  The proposed rule is the result of an open, collaborative rulemaking process that began in December 2009.

“This proposed planning rule seeks to conserve our forests for the benefit of water, wildlife, recreation and the economic vitality of our rural communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The proposed rule will provide the tools to the Forest Service to make our forests more resilient to many threats, including pests, catastrophic fire and climate change.  Healthy forests and economically strong rural communities form a solid foundation as we work to win the future for the next generation.”

Brief introduction about the proposed new rulemaking. Mary O'Brien.

Guide to reading the Rule and DEIS. Mary Kruger.

Documents and appendices. US Forest Service.

Forest Service rulemaking home page

Notice of new rulemaking for national forests

Federal Register Notice

USDA rulemaking blog

Meeting schedule

Public Forums

Regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA

NEPA 101. Dinah Bear.

Section 7 Consultation Handbook

Meetings for Utah are March 29, 2011

Two Sessions 2:00-5:00 and 6:30-9:00 at the following locations

  • Manti-La Sal National Forest Forest Supervisor’s Office 599 W Price River Dr Price, UT 84501
  • Sanpete Ranger District Office 540 N Main Ephraim, UT 84627
  • Ferron/Price Ranger District Office 115 W. Canyon Rd Ferron, UT 84523
  • Monticello Ranger District Office 496 US Highway 491 Monticello, UT 84535

How to submit comments by May 16, 2011

The internet portal is located:

http://www.govcomments.com (Direct link)

or http://www.regulations.gov

By Mail
Forest Service Planning DEIS
c/o Bear West Company
132 E 500 S.
Bountiful, UT 84010

By FAX: 801-397-1605

The public may inspect comments at: http://contentanalysisgroup.com/fsrd


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