Forest Service Announces Preferred Alternative for a New Planning Rule

Today, the Forest Service announced its Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for land management planning for the National Forest System. USDA and Forest Service staff carefully considered nearly 300,000 comments received on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement to develop a preferred alternative, which is included in the PEIS.

The PEIS, preferred alternative, and other informational materials are now available on the Forest Service Planning Rule website at

Click here to read a blog posting from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the Council on Environmental Quality’s blog.

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