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National Forest System Land Management Planning; Proposed Rule
« on: September 09, 2007, 12:31:20 pm »
This document is very long, and will not fit the whole thing here.
Here is a link to the whole document.


[Federal Register: August 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 163)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 48513-48541]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []

[[Page 48513]]


Part VI

Department of Agriculture


Forest Service


36 CFR Part 219

 National Forest System Land Management Planning; Proposed Rule

[[Page 48514]]



Forest Service

36 CFR Part 219

RIN 0596-AC70

National Forest System Land Management Planning

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rule; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is
providing notice and opportunity for comment on a proposed rule for
National Forest System land management planning. This rulemaking is the
result of a U.S. district court order dated March 30, 2007, which
enjoined the United States Department of Agriculture from
implementation and utilization of the land management planning rule
published in 2005 (70 FR 1023) until it complies with the court's order
regarding the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species
Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act (Citizens for Better Forestry
et al. v. USDA, C.A. C05-1144 (N. D. Cal.)). The purpose of this
proposed rule is to respond to the court's ruling about notice and
comment requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act by
publishing the 2005 rule as a proposed rule. The Agency plans to comply
with the court's order regarding the Endangered Species Act. In
addition, the Agency is preparing a draft environmental impact
statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.
    This proposed rule sets forth a framework for National Forest
System land management planning to provide for sustainability of
social, economic, and ecological systems and establishes direction for
developing, amending, and revising land management plans. The proposed
rule clarifies that, absent extraordinary circumstances, land
management plans developed, amended, or revised under the proposed rule
are strategic and are one stage in an adaptive cycle of planning for
management of National Forest System lands. The intent of the proposed
rule is to streamline and improve the planning process by making plans
more adaptable to changes in social, economic, and environmental
conditions; to strengthen the role of science in planning; to
strengthen collaborative relationships with the public and other
governmental entities; and to reaffirm the principle of sustainable
management consistent with the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act and
other authorities.
DATES: Comments must be received in writing by October 22, 2007. The
Agency will consider and place comments received after this date in the
record only if practicable.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments concerning this proposed rule through
one of the following methods: E-mail:
Include ``planning rule'' in the subject line of the message. Fax:
(916) 456-6724. Please identify your comments by including ``planning
rule'' on the cover sheet or the first page. Mail: Planning Rule
Comments, P.O. Box 162969, Sacramento, CA 95816-2969. Please note that
the Forest Service will not be able to receive hand-delivered comments.
Submit comments through the World Wide Web/Internet Web site
 Please note that all comments, including names and

addresses when provided, will be placed in the record and will be
available for public inspection and copying. The Agency cannot confirm
receipt of comments. Individuals wishing to inspect comments should
call Bob Dow at (801) 517-1022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regis Terney, Planning Specialist;
Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff (202) 205-1552, or Ron Pugh,
Planning Specialist, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff (202) 205-


Table of Contents

1. Additional Documents Are Available
2. The 2005 Planning Rule
3. Overview of the 2007 Proposed Rule
     Major Themes and Areas of Public Comment in the
Proposed Rule
     Plans Should Be Strategic
     Plans Should Be Adaptive and Based on Current
Information and Science
     Land Management Planning Should Involve the Public
     Plans Should Guide Sustainable Management of NFS Lands
     Environmental Management Systems and Adaptive
     National Environmental Policy Act and National Forest
Management Act Planning
4. Section-by-Section Explanation of the Proposed Rule
    Section 219.1--Purpose and Applicability
    Section 219.2--Levels of Planning and Planning Authority
    Section 219.3--Nature of Land Management Planning
    Section 219.4--National Environmental Policy Act compliance
    Section 219.5--Environmental Management Systems
    Section 219.6--Evaluations and monitoring
    Section 219.7--Developing, Amending, or Revising a Plan
    Section 219.8--Application of a New Plan, Plan Amendment, or
Plan Revision
    Section 219.9--Public Participation, Collaboration, and
    Section 219.10--Sustainability
    Section 219.11--Role of Science in Planning
    Section 219.12--Suitable Uses and Provisions Required by NFMA
    Section 219.13--Objections to Plans, Plan Amendments, or Plan
    Section 219.14--Effective Dates and Transition
    Section 219.15--Severability
    Section 219.16--Definitions
5. Regulatory Certifications
     Regulatory Impact
     Environmental Impacts
     Summary of Environmental Impact Statement
     Energy Effects
     Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public
     Consultation With Indian Tribal Governments
     No Takings Implications
     Civil Justice Reform
     Unfunded Mandates
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