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 to organize the rule around this new framework, we will really be looking... 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, and the value of recreation for connecting people to our lands,... 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, for example, benefit from the clean water, clean air, flood and... 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 animal communities across the landscape  can continue to flourish, 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 are being done correctly, and if they are making a difference. A common... 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

Blog Welcome and Explanation of Posts

Welcome to the improved planning rule blog! We hope this new format will allow for even more dynamic conversation and discussion surrounding the 2011 planning rule. Our desire to create a new planning rule in an open, transparent and participatory way remains as strong as ever. The Obama Administration initiated an Open Government Initiative in January of 2009.   We are honored that the 2011 planning rule was chosen as one of the Department of Agriculture’s... Read More