Revision of the Land Management Plans for the Helena and Lewis
and Clark National Forests
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of initiation of the assessment phase of the land
management plan revision process for the Helena and Lewis and Clark
SUMMARY: The Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests, located in
Montana, are initiating the forest
planning process pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule. One
assessment and one plan will be developed for both Forests. 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 Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests.
The first phase of the process, the assessment phase, is beginning and
interested parties will be invited to contribute in the development of
the assessment (36 CFR 219.6). The Forests will host open houses, exact
dates and times will be posted on the listed below. The assessment is
expected to be completed in December 2014. The trends and conditions
identified in the assessment will help inform the need for change. With
this notice, the Forests invite other governments, non-governmental
parties, and the public to help us identify new information on
exisiting forest conditions for consideration in the assessement.
DATES: The assessment for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National
Forests is expected to be completed by December 31, 2014 and will be
posted on the following Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/forestplanrevision
From May 2014 through August 2014, the public is invited to provide
existing resource information to the Forests to include in the
assessment. In early 2015, the public will be invited to engage in a
collaborative process to develop a proposed action. The Forests will
then initiate procedures pursuant to the NEPA and prepare a revised a
ADDRESSES: Written comments or questions concerning this notice should
be addressed to Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests, Attn.:
Plan Revision, 2880 Skyway Dr., Helena, Montana 59602.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Swiader, Forest Plan Revision
Team Leader, 406-495-3774. 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 Friday.
More information on the planning process can also be found on the
following Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/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.
The first phase of the planning process is the assessment phase.
Under the 2012 Planning Rule, the assessment rapidly evaluates existing
information about relevant ecological, social, and economic trends and
conditions. The second stage is guided, in part, by the National
Environment Policy Act (NEPA) and includes the preparation of an
environmental impact statement and revised Forest Plan for public
review and comment. The third stage of the process is monitoring and
feedback, which is ongoing over the life of the revised forest plans.
As public meetings, other opportunities for public engagement, and
public comment opportunities are identified, notifications will be
posted on the Forest Plan Revision Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/hlc/forestplanrevision
and information will be sent out to the Forest's
mailing list. If anyone is interested in being on the Forests' mailing
list to receive these notifications, please contact Erin Swiader
Forest Plan Revision Team Leader, at the mailing address identified
above, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by
The responsible official for the revision of the land management
plan for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests is William
Avey, Forest Supervisor, Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests,
2880 Skyway Dr., Helena, Montana 59602.
Dated: May 23, 2014.
[FR Doc. 2014-12515 Filed 5-29-14; 8:45 am]
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