BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: Forest Services Releases Draft of Proposed New Forest Planning Rule

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    BLUERIBBON COALITION NATIONAL LANDUSE UPDATE!
    Forest Services Releases Draft of Proposed New Forest Planning Rule
    Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,
    The U.S. Forest Service has released the Draft of the new Forest Planning Rule which governs how the agency develops Forest Plans. The agency announced last Friday that the publication of the Draft
    Rule today, February 14, 2011, will kick off the 90-day public comment period ending May 16, 2011. The USFS press release is here.
    The "Final" Draft Rule was published in today's Federal Register. The Draft Rule and other information is available on the USFS Planning Rule "web portal" here.
    The agency has yet to release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement associated with the Draft Rule. The Forest Service has not indicated when that would be available.
    The proposed Planning Rule is lengthy and follows decades of controversy and litigation over similar efforts. BRC will be carefully reviewing the Draft Rule and other information as the agency makes it available. We will have analysis of the Rule and its potential impacts on recreation.
    The Agency is hosting a national public forum to discuss the proposed rule on March 10, 2011, in Washington DC. The meeting is open to the public and will be Web cast to allow for greater participation. There will be additional public forums held throughout the country during the comment period. (See schedule below.)
    DRAFT Schedule of 2011 Public Meetings for the Forest Service Proposed Planning Rule
    Information for the meetings is subject to change, and any missing information will be updated as it is confirmed.
    Meeting City and Address
    Meeting Date and Time
    (times are given for local
    time zone)
    National Meeting
    National Forum
    The Renaissance Hotel at Dupont
    1143 New Hampshire Ave.NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    (accessible from either the Foggy
    Bottom or Dupont Circle metros)
    March 10, 2011
    1pm - 9pm
    Regional Meetings Regional Roundtable for the
    Northern Region (Region 1)
    Missoula, MT
    Billings, MT
    Coeur d'Alene, MT
    March 22, 2011
    March 22, 2011
    March 22, 2011
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Rocky Mountain Region
    (Region 2)
    Regional Office
    740 Simms St.
    Lakewood, CO 80401
    Cheyenne, WY
    Rapid City, SD
    March 21, 2011


    March 24, 2011
    March 16, 2011
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Southwestern Region (Region
    3)
    Albuquerque, NM
    Phoenix, AZ
    April 5, 2011
    April 7, 2011
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Intermountain Region
    (Region 4)
    Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2011
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Pacific Southwest Region
    (Region 5)

    Garden Pavilion Hotel
    5640 Dudley Blvd
    Sacramento, CA
    Angeles National Forest
    Forest Supervisor's Office
    Arcadia, CA 91006
    Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    Forest Supervisor's Office
    Redding, CA
    March 21, 2011


    TBD


    TBD


    Regional Roundtable for the
    Pacific Northwest Region
    (Region 6)
    Sheraton Airport Hotel
    8235 Northeast Airport Way
    Portland, OR 97220
    March 25, 2011
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Southern Region (Region 8)
    Asheville, NC
    TBD
    Regional Roundtable for the
    Eastern Region (Region 9)
    Regional Office
    626 East Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    March 23, 2011 Regional Roundtable for the
    Alaska Region (Region 10)
    Juneau, AK March 21, 2011

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext 107

    The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org
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