Update on planning rule development — Nov 2010

We’ve been getting a number of inquiries as to when folks should expect to see the proposed planning rule published. As you know, we’ve been working hard to develop a science-based proposed rule that reflects the breadth of input gathered through more than 26,000 comments on the Notice of Intent, over 40 public meetings, and ongoing Tribal consultation. We had previously estimated the proposed rule and accompanying draft environmental impact statement would be ready for publication in December. However, now we estimate the publication will occur later this winter. The exact publication date will be announced as soon as possible through this blog, on our listserv, and on the planning rule website at http://fs.usda.gov/planningrule. We look forward to publishing the proposed rule and anticipate your feedback.

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4 Responses to “Update on planning rule development — Nov 2010”
  1. Chuck Burley says:

    Sorry to hear that the publication of the DEIS has slipped from the initial estimate of this month. However, given the nature of this matter it’s not too surprising. It would be nice to have some idea what you mean by “later this winter”.

    Also, while looking at the concept papers you have on the website, I noticed the Plant and Animal Diversity paper is not there. If I’m not mistaken, it was there several months ago–around the time of the fourth roundtable. Any reason in particular why that’s not available along with the other concept papers?

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    • jcall says:

      Response from the Planning Rule Team:
      The proposed rule is currently in clearance, which involves review by offices in the Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Because of the multiple steps and agencies involved in the clearance process, we can’t predict exactly when the proposed rule will be released. As soon as we have a reliable estimate of when the proposed rule will be released, we will share more information through this blog, our website and the planning rule listserv.

      In response to your second question, the concept papers on diversity, along with the concept papers for the other breakout discussion topics at the Fourth Roundtable, were posted on the blog and planning rule website in late July. The concept papers were designed for discussion purposes at the roundtable and contained the planning rule team’s recommendations for rule language as of late July, not any formal decision by leadership. Since then, we’ve taken the feedback we received from the roundtable and the blog and used it to make changes to the recommended rule language. We didn’t want to give the impression that the language in the concept papers has remained unchanged, so we removed the concept papers from the blog on August 9th. Our other blog posts, which are more general and don’t include recommended language, have stayed on the website and the blog to give a general picture of the direction we’re headed.

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  2. Daryle Murphy says:

    What about Forest Plans currently in process, recently completed or planned for the immediate future? How will these be updated to reflect the new planning rule?

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    • jcall says:

      Response from the Planning Rule Team:
      The management direction in an existing land management plans will not be affected by the proposed rule; the direction will stay the same until that particular plan is revised or amended. The proposed rule (once finalized) would affect the process for future plan revisions and amendments. The proposed rule will include transition language that outlinea when the new procedures for plan revisions and amendments would go into effect. We welcome comment on the details of the proposed transition language once the proposed rule is released in early 2011.

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