Forest Service has released "A Citizens' Guide to Forest Planning". The document was prepared by the Committee for Implementation of the Forest Service Planning Rule.
The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is currently revising many of its land management plans across the country. Often referred to as “forest plans,” these documents guide the stewardship of an important part of our national heritage—the National Forest System—by creating a “big picture” view of how a national forest will be managed.
The purpose of this Citizens’ Guide is to help you understand the forest plan revision process and your opportunities for working with the Forest Service to help determine the future of this important national legacy.
In 2012, the Forest Service adopted a new planning rule. Because the forest planning process can be confusing and complex, we, as the forest planning advisory committee, developed this Citizens’ Guide to provide information about planning under the new rule. This guide is intended to demystify the planning process and provide you with information on how to be involved, what to expect, and where you can go for more information.
While we hope this guide will be useful to the public, it is not a substitute for the 2012 Planning Rule, Forest Service directives, and other guidance provided by the Forest Service. As forest planning moves forward, we expect there will be many lessons learned, including development of best practices, things to avoid, and tips for success. This Citizens’ Guide will be revised as appropriate to reflect this growing body of new information.