Forest Planning Process - Components of a Forest Plan
Under National Forest Management Act (NFMA) regulations and directives, each forest plan (or planning project) will consist of five components:
1. Describe desired conditions of the Forest,
2. Set measurable objectives to achieve those conditions,
3. Determine the general suitability of lands
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… Read More
Keeping trails and areas depends on access. Keeping that access depends on land management policies and procedures, which depend on environmental issues and concerns. Those environmental issues and concerns are reviewed through NEPA.
So, what is “NEPA”? NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, became law on January 1,
NEPA – Categorical Exclusion (CatX)
The term "NEPA" stands for National Environmental Policy Act and assures that federal agencies will consider the impact of an action on the human environment before decisions are made and the action is taken. NEPA establishes a specific documentation process requiring the agency to disclose the
Covering recreation and environmental issues
While on patrol on June 11th, State Parks Law Enforcement discovered a significant amount of 4X4 off-road damage at the north end of Nightmare Gulch in Red Rock Canyon State Park. It appears that a group of unknown off-roaders blazed their own path to follow the boundary fence line and find its weak spots. They were successful, and entered Nightmare Gulch during the birds of prey nesting closure.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Final Rule for listing of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as Endangered Species and the Yosemite toad as a Threatened Species is pending publication in the April 29, 2014 edition of the Federal Register.
The Spotted Owl of decades past pretty much shut down logging and closed thousands of miles of trails and roads in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the sage grouse is trying to do that to 47 million acres across 11 western states. Some like Carolyn Dufurrena reporting for Range Magazine (Spring 2014 issue) say it’s not about habitat or the birds themselves or wildfire or invasive species or anything like that. She reports that it’s about money and politics, as well as control of the land, public and private. Whatever your take is on this bird, it cannot be ignored and we have to do something about it or we will lose access to the unnecessary listing and protection of this critter.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Forest Service is hosting public workshops to offer information about the forest plan revision process, explain the key themes of each forest plan to be revised, explore the unique roles and contributions of each national forest, and gather public feedback on the preliminary Need to Change. The public is welcome at any of the upcoming workshops: