Monday, February 16, 2015
The U.S Forest Service announced availibility of final planning directives, a key set of agency guidance documents that direct land managers’ implementation of the 2012 planning rule. A product of significant public input, this new framework guides development of land management plans that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.
“I extend my gratitude to the FACA Committee, whose input and recommendations are strongly reflected in the final planning directives,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “I also thank the many thousands of citizens who provided comment and are working locally with Forests to implement the 2012 Planning Rule. This was a true collaborative endeavor.” He added.
Forest dervice last management plans guide management activities on the 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in the National Forest System. The 2012 Planning Rule Provides a collaborative and science -based framework for creating land management plans which will support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural economies.