AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of plan approval for the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle
SUMMARY: Regional Forester Faye Krueger signed the final Record of
Decisions (RODs) for the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
revised Land Management Plans (Plans) on January 5, 2015. The Final
RODs document the Regional Forester's decision and rationale for
approving the revised Plans.
DATES: The effective date of the Plans is February 17, 2015
. To view
the final RODs, FEIS and revised Plans please visit the Kootenai
National Forest Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai
Idaho Panhandle National Forest Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information about the Kootenai
National Forest's revised Plan can be obtained from Chris Savage during
normal office hours (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time) at
the Kootenai National Forest Supervisor's Office (Address: Kootenai
National Forest, 31374 US Highway 2, Libby, MT 59923-3022); Phone/
voicemail: (406) 293-6211.
Further information about the Idaho Panhandle National Forests'
revised Plan can be obtained from Mary Farnsworth during normal office
hours (weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time) at the Idaho
Panhandle National Forests Supervisor's Office (Address: Idaho
Panhandle National Forests, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur D'Alene, ID
83815); Phone/voicemail: (208) 765-7369.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The revised Plans describe desired
conditions, include objectives, standards and guidelines, and identify
lands suitable for various uses. The Plans will guide project and
activity decision making and all resource management activities on the
Forests for the next 15 years. They are part of the long-range resource
planning framework established by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable
Resources Planning of 1974 (RPA), the Government Performance and
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), and the 2012 Revision of the USDA Forest
Service Strategic Plan.
The development of the revised Forest Plans spanned more than 13
years and was shaped by the best available science, current laws,
public input from numerous public meetings and open houses, and more
than 100 community-based work group sessions. These open meetings
identified the core values of local communities regarding natural
resource management and highlighted the many points of agreement that
exist among diverse participants. Our national forests face many new
challenges including increasing demands for multiple uses, increasing
population pressures and development of neighboring lands. The revised
Plans lay the foundation to address and balance the economic,
ecological and social needs of forest stakeholders, while continuing
the legacy of protecting water and restoring forest health. The Plans
are designed to facilitate management that will: Supply clean water,
provide economic opportunities for local communities, restore and
maintain ecosystems, improve the resistance and resiliency of the
forest vegetation to undesirable disturbances and potential climate
change effects, offer a diversity of recreation opportunities including
remote settings, and utilize best available science.
Dated: January 8, 2015.
[FR Doc. 2015-00538 Filed 1-14-15; 8:45 am]
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