The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting in Seattle this week to explain the details and intent of a recently proposed draft Planning Rule that, if it becomes law, will serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual plans will chart national forest management in the coming years.
The forum is not meant to be a place to take public comment, but an opportunity for interested people to ask questions to better form the formal comments they might submit during the public comment period that closes May 16.
The proposed planning rule provides a collaborative and science-based framework for creating land management plans that would support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural job opportunities, said a Forest Service news release. These land management plans guide management activities on the 155 national forests and 20 grasslands in the system.
The Seattle forum will be held Wednesday at the Sheraton Downtown Seattle. It will be held 1:30-5 p.m., followed by an open house from 6-8 p.m. Staff from the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest region will be there to explain and answer questions.
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The full text of the proposed rule, instructions to comment, the planning rule blog and more can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.