|Posted by nationalforestlawblog on February 27, 2011 at 9:18 AM|
You can check out the 94 page planning rule here or read more about it at the NY Times here.
The new rule -- the Forest Service's third attempt to update the directive -- emphasizes ecological restoration, the creation of rural job opportunities, shorter timeframes for crafting forest plans, protection of wildlife and water resources, and responding to climate change impacts. It also calls for gathering public input on management decisions earlier in the planning process.
The new rule also embraces the concept of "adaptive management," allowing forest managers to test management prescriptions and fine-tune them as needed. Such an approach, the rule notes, is especially important given the uncertainties of how climate change will affect wildlife habitat, waterways and other forest resources.