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Date: 02/14/2011
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
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



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
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

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