Forest Planning Process
STEP FOUR: Objections
WHAT IT IS: The 2005 Forest Service planning regulations do not provide citizens an opportunity for administrative appeal of a final forest plan. Instead, citizens can file an "objection" to a plan before a final decision is made. The objection is submitted to the Forest Service officer one level above the official who will approve the plan. Usually, this will be the Regional Forester, who may instruct the Forest Supervisor to modify the plan or conduct more analysis in response to the objections. Once the forest supervisor makes a final decision, there is no way to challenge it except by going to court.