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Manti-La Sal National Forest
« on: July 29, 2016, 03:18:42 am »
Assessment Report of Ecological, Social and Economic Conditions,
Trends and Sustainability for the Manti-La Sal National Forest


AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of initiating the Assessment phase of the Forest Plan
revision for the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

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SUMMARY: The Manti-La Sal National Forest (Forest), located in central
and southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, is initiating the
first phase of the Forest Planning process pursuant to the 2012
National Forest System Land Management Planning rule (36 CFR part 219).
This process will result in a revised forest land management plan
(Forest Plan) which provides strategic direction for management of
resources on the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the next fifteen
years
. The first phase of the planning process involves assessing
ecological, social and economic conditions and trends in the planning
area and documenting the findings in an Assessment report.
    The Assessment phase is just beginning on the Manti-La Sal National
Forest and interested parties are invited to contribute to the
development of the Assessment. The Forest will be hosting public
meetings to explain the revision process and invite the public to share
information relevant to the Assessment. At the public meetings the
Forest will seek sources of existing information and local knowledge of
current conditions and trends in the natural resources,
social values, and goods and services produced by lands within the
Manti-La Sal National Forest.

DATES: Public meetings to discuss development of the Assessment will be
held in September 2016. Dates and locations will be posted on the
Forest Web site (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd509713) and mailed to individuals
and organizations on the mailing list. A draft of the Assessment report
is anticipated to be posted at the Web site cited above in early 2017.
Following completion of the Assessment, the Forest will initiate
procedures pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to
prepare and evaluate a revised Forest Plan.

ADDRESSES: Written correspondence can be sent to: Manti-La Sal National
Forest, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 599 West Price River Drive, Ste. A,
Price, UT 84501; or emailed to mlnfplanrevision@fs.fed.us.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blake Bassett, Forest Plan Revision
Partnership Coordinator, at the mailing address above; or call 435-636-
3508. 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 our plan revision process is available on the Forest's
planning Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd509713. You may also contact us by
email at: mlnfplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of
1976 requires that every National Forest System (NFS) unit develop and
periodically revise a Forest Plan. The procedures for doing this are in
federal regulation (``Planning Rule,'' 36 CFR 219) and in Forest
Service directives. Forest Plans provide strategic direction for
managing forest resources for around fifteen years, and are adaptive
and amendable as conditions change over time.
    Under the Planning Rule, an Assessment of ecological, social, and
economic conditions and trends in the planning area is the first phase
of a 3-phase planning process (36 CFR 219.6). The second phase is
guided, in part, by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It
includes preparation of a draft revised Forest Plan, one or more
alternatives to the draft plan, and a draft environmental impact
statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. This is followed by a
final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and draft decision. The
draft decision is subject to the objection procedures of 36 CFR part
219, subpart B, before it can be finalized. The third phase of the
process is implementation and monitoring, which is ongoing over the
life of the revised Forest Plan.

Read the full notice...   https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-29/html/2016-17949.htm
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