The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting Tuesday to explain both the details and intent of the recently proposed draft planning rule.
The draft rule, if put into law, would serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual plans will chart national forest management in the coming years.
Regional Forester Leslie Weldon will be joined by Regis Terney from the Forest Service's national headquarters to present the proposed rule from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park.
The proposed rule provides a collaborative and science-based framework for creating land management plans that would support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural job opportunities. Forest Service land management plans guide management activities on the 155 national forests and 20 grasslands in the national forest system.
The forum will not be a platform to accept public comment, rather an opportunity for people to ask questions to better inform the formal comments submit. The comment period closes May 16.
Full text of the proposed rule, instructions to provide comment, the planning rule blog and more can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
Additional meetings are being held in the Northern Region in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Monday, March 21; and in Billings March 22. Anyone interested in attending one of the forums can preregister by calling Deb Jackson at 329-3288 or by visiting www.usfsnorthernregion.eventbrite.com.