Draft Planning Rule Framework – July 2010 concepts

Possible Planning Rule Framework -- Schematic This post will lay out the overall framework that we are considering for the structure of the rule as well as for land management planning. This new framework was designed to address key themes we heard during our collaborative efforts, as well as incorporate lessons from our history of land management and past rules. Since we intend... Read More

Climate Change – July 2010 concepts

The Forest Service has been committed to understanding and responding to climate change for many years. The recently published “Forest Service Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change” and the accompanying scorecard affirm our commitment to playing a leadership role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and make the Forest Service better able to bring science and technology... Read More

Watershed Health – July 2010 concepts

A primary purpose for establishing the National Forest System was to protect watersheds. The Organic Act, Weeks Act, Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act, and the National Forest Management Act all discuss protection of watersheds.  Today, roughly one out of five Americans depend on a national forest for drinking water, and 53% of the surface supply of drinking water originates on... Read More

Recreation – July 2010 concepts

The high value placed on recreation has been a common theme throughout the collaborative process to develop the 2011 planning rule: many people told us that they felt we were ignoring recreation as a stand-alone issue area, and they wanted to see it treated separately. We view the experiential, educational, spiritual, health and economic (among many others) contributions of recreation,... Read More

People and the Environment – July 2010 concepts

People and the environment—communities and their landscapes—are inseparable and interdependent. People throughout America depend on National Forest System (NFS system) lands including national forests, grasslands and prairies for innumerable values, ecosystem services and goods vital to the well-being of society.  Even those who live some distance from a national forest boundary,... Read More

Resilience – July 2010 concepts

The capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure is called “resilience.” For national forest system units (NFS units), which include national forests, grasslands and prairies, resilience means that even in the face of disturbances—such as wildfire, drought, pests and diseases, invasive species, and climate change—plant and... Read More

Monitoring and Evaluation – July 2010 concepts

Monitoring and evaluation link past, present, and future actions and results to help improve performance and achieve goals. We collect and analyze observations and measurements to test assumptions, evaluate changes in condition, and progress towards meeting resource or management objectives. Successful monitoring tells us whether management actions are being implemented, if they... Read More

Collaboration – July 2010 concepts

We heard loud and clear from the science forum and the regional and national roundtables that proactive, substantive dialogue and collaboration must be an integral part of the land management process. The many NFS units that are currently actively engaged in collaborative efforts, along with all of us in the Agency, know that our partners and publics have valuable ideas, knowledge,... Read More

All Lands Approach – July 2010 concepts

America’s watersheds, wildlife, water resources, and wild lands exist not only within national forest and grassland boundaries but across broad landscapes of varying ownerships and jurisdictions. All national forests and grasslands are connected in some way to lands beyond their jurisdictional boundaries. The threats facing National Forest System (NFS) lands, like fire, insects... Read More

Discussions at the 4th National Roundtable — July 2010

Discussion materials for the Fourth Roundtable were posted from July 29th to August 9th.  The materials included preliminary recommendations by the planning rule team as of 7/28/10.  The planning rule team is now using the feedback we received on the rule concepts to finalized the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).   Read More