A New Phase in the Planning Rule Development Process — Aug 2010
We’ve learned a tremendous amount through the input we’ve received on this blog and through the other public involvement we’ve had since the Notice of Intent (NOI) was issued last December. We received over 26,000 written comments on the NOI, over 300 blog comments and have had over 40 public meetings attended by over 3000 people. We’ve worked hard to get input from Tribes through our regional and national Tribal roundtables; from scientists through the science forum and scientists’ continued involvement throughout the roundtables; from Forest Service employees through various internal meetings; and from other federal agencies through the Federal Interagency Working Group. We are striving to build a proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that reflect the diverse opinions and common themes that have emerged from the public involvement process.
We’ve now entered a new phase of the rule development process. We are currently finalizing the proposed rule and DEIS for clearance by the Department of Agriculture and Office of Management and Budget. We expect the proposed rule and DEIS to be published in the Federal Register in early 2011 (see latest blog post for more details).
We are committed to keeping planning rule development open, transparent and participatory. Please take advantage of the following opportunities to stay engaged over the coming months:
- Sign up for the planning rule listserv to keep informed on progress and opportunities to participate along the way. If you haven’t already, please sign up here.
- Check back to the planning rule website for the latest information.
- While we won’t be looking for additional blog comments on the rule substance until the proposed rule comes out in early 2011, the blog will continue to host discussions on what the public engagement process should look like when the proposed rule is released.
- You can also follow the Forest Service on Twitter.
We will seek formal comment on the proposed rule and DEIS, and will hold additional public meetings when the proposed rule and DEIS are published in early 2011.
Thank you again for your involvement in the rule development process. Your continued participation in the process will be critical to its success.