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Forest Service Issues Final Planning Rule for the National Forest System

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a final rule establishing a new national framework for land management planning for the National Forest System. This final planning rule includes requirements for developing, amending, and revising land management plans that provide for ecological sustainability, contribute to social and economic sustainability, incorporate public involvement, and use the best available scientific information. For more information, link the Final Planning Rule webpage. (2-10-11)

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Final EIS Issued for Forest Planning Rule

The U.S. Forest Service has released a final environmental impact statement emphasizing forest and watershed restoration as the preferred core elements of a new forest planning rule. The rule is intended to replace reliance on a 1982 rule that has been accompanied by much litigation over competing uses of the nation's 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. The agency will use the final EIS to write the final forest planning rule, which is currently under development. For more information, link to the news release and planning rule website. (1-26-12)

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Forest Service Issues Invasive Species Management Policy

The U.S. Forest Service has announced the issuance of a policy directive for agency staff on management of invasive species within the National Forest System. The policy provides for management of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species using an integrated pest management approach that includes prevention, early detection and rapid response, control and management, restoration, and collaborative activities. For more information, link to the Federal Register notice. (12-5-11)

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