Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Flathead National
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of initiating the development of a land management plan
revision for the Flathead National Forest.
SUMMARY: The Flathead National Forest, located in Montana, is
initiating the forest planning process pursuant to the 2012 Forest
Planning Rule. This process results in a Forest Land Management Plan
which describes the strategic direction for management of forest
resources for the next ten to fifteen years on the Flathead National
Forest. The first phase of the process, the assessment phase, has begun
and interested parties have been invited to contribute in the
development of the assessment (36 CFR 219.6). The Forest has posted
preliminary assessment information to its Web site as well as hosted
field tours and an open house. The assessment is expected to be
completed in December 2013. The trends and conditions identified in the
assessment will help in identifying the need for plan components. The
Forest is inviting the public to help us identify the appropriate plan
components that will become a proposed action for the land management
DATES: The assessment for the Flathead National Forest is expected to
be completed by December 31, 2013 and will be posted on the following
Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/flathead/forestplanrevision
. From October 2013 through June 2014, the public is invited to
engage in a collaborative process to identify appropriate plan
components to be considered for the proposed action.
The Forest will
then initiate procedures pursuant to the NEPA and prepare a forest plan
ADDRESSES: Written comments or questions concerning this notice should
be addressed to Flathead National Forest, Attn.: Plan Revision, 650
Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana, 59901.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Krueger, Planning Team Leader,
406-758-5243. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through
More information on the planning process can also be found on the
Flathead National Forest Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/flathead/forestplanrevision
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of
1976 requires that every National Forest System (NFS) unit develop a
land management plan. On April 9, 2012, the Forest Service finalized
its land management planning rule (2012 Planning Rule), which provides
broad programmatic direction to National Forests and National
Grasslands for developing and implementing their land management plans.
Forest plans describe the strategic direction for management of forest
resources for ten to fifteen years, and are adaptive and amendable as
conditions change over time.
Under the 2012 Planning Rule, the assessment of ecological, social,
and economic trends and conditions is the first stage of the planning
process. The second stage is a development and decision process guided,
in part, by the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) and includes the
preparation of a draft environmental impact statement and revised
Forest Plan for public review and comment, and the preparation of the
final environmental impact statement and revised Forest Plan. The third
stage of the process is monitoring and feedback, which is ongoing over
the life of the revised forest plans.
With this notice, the agency invites other governments, non-
governmental parties, and the public to contribute to the development
of the proposed action. The intent of public engagement during
development of the proposed action is to identify the appropriate plan
components that the Forest Service should consider in developing its
land management plan.
We encourage contributors to share material about
desired conditions, standards and guidelines, land suitability
determinations, management area designations, and plan monitoring.
Collaboration in the development of the proposed action supports the
development of relationships of key stakeholders throughout the plan
development process and is an essential step to understanding current
conditions, available data, and feedback needed to support a strategic,
efficient planning process.For the full notice ... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-04/html/2013-26289.htm