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National Forest System, Land Management Planning Directives
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:40:26 am »
National Forest System, Land Management Planning Directives

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of final directives.


SUMMARY: On February 29, 2013, the Forest Service (Agency) proposed to
revise the Forest Service Handbook (FSH 1909.12) and Manual (FSM 1920)
establishing procedures and responsibilities for implementing the
National Forest System (NFS) land management planning regulation
(collectively ``planning directives''). The final issuance of planning
directives, effective today, will provide consistent overall guidance
to Forest Service Line Officers and Agency employees in developing,
amending, or revising land management plans for units of the NFS.
Public comment was accepted until May 24, 2013. The Agency considered
all public comment, including recommendations from an advisory
committee formed pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA),
in developing final planning directives.

DATES: These directives are effective January 30, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The Forest Service Manual and Handbook, including the
planning directives, are available electronically via the World Wide
Web/Internet at Single paper copies
are available by contacting Annie Eberhart Goode, Forest Service, USDA,
Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff (Mail Stop 1104), 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104. Additional
information and analysis, including a description of how the Agency
considered public comment, can be found at

Specialist, Ecosystem Management Coordination staff, (202) 205-1056.
    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339
between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through



    On April 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Department or
USDA) adopted final planning regulations for the NFS at 36 CFR part 219
(77 FR 21161). These regulations, known collectively as the 2012
Planning Rule, provide broad programmatic direction in developing and
implementing land management plans. The rule explicitly directs the
Chief of the Forest Service to establish planning procedures in the
Forest Service Directives System (36 CFR 219.2(b)(5)(i). Those
Responsible Officials that are implementing the 2012 Planning Rule
shall follow the regulations at 36 CFR part 219 and the revised
planning directives.
    The Forest Service Directives System consists of the Forest Service
Manual (FSM) and the Forest Service Handbook (FSH), which contain the
Agency's policies, practices, and procedures, and serves as the primary
basis for the internal management and control of programs and
administrative direction to Forest Service employees. The directives
are set out on the World Wide Web/Internet at Specifically, the FSM contains legal authorities,
objectives, policies, responsibilities, instructions, and guidance
needed on a continuing basis by Forest Service Line Officers and
primary staff to plan and execute programs and activities. The FSH is
the principal source of specialized guidance and instruction for
carrying out the policies, objectives, and responsibilities contained
in the FSM.

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