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John Stewart

Is change happening?

The Forest Service is undergoing change.  Rather than a rigid bureaucratic administrative process mired in history, there is a refreshing breath of new life showing within the agency.

Within USFS Region 5 (California), there are 14 Forest Plan revisions scheduled over the next 3 years. Nationwide, many Forests are undergoing similar planning efforts.  These planning efforts are directed at updating existing Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP).  Preliminary information (and actions) indicate these plan revisions will be conducted using collaborative action processes.

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John Stewart

New Direction in Agency Planning Efforts

Okay, I am going to unload a few tid-bits I have been collecting the past few months concerning new actions pending with land management issues.

BLM:  State-wide (California), BLM does not have a good inventory of routes nor do they have good mapping data.  To their credit, they are working to build a standard database of routes that reflects the management plans developed by the various field offices.

Forest Service:  Everyone is painfully familiar with the route designation process and the various gyrations over the past couple of years.  Well, the FS is at least trying to build a good database of their actions. I have used the term "database".  Specifically, this refers to the respective agencies moving into planning efforts using data that is coded into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layers.

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