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Forest Service land planning committee plans meeting

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The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule has scheduled a three-day meeting. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in the Federal Register of May 8, 2014 that the committee plans to meet starting on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT, reconvening on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDT and concluding on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 8 a.m. to noon. MDT.

The meeting takes place at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, 200 S. Pattee, Missoula, Mont. 59802. The public may attend in person or listen in via either webinar or conference call. If you wish to participate, go to or contact Chalonda Jasper at, or USDA Forest Service, Ecosystem Management Coordination, 201 14th St. SW., Mail Stop 1104, Washington, DC 20250-1104, TDD (800) 877-8339. You may also send comments to the above address.

The committee will discuss the advice it is supposed to give USFS regarding implementing the planning rule to the secretary of USDA and USFS chief. It will also discuss its work group findings and talk to representatives of “adapter forests.” The committee will also handle some administrative tasks.

If you wish to attend and need assistance, such as listening devices or a sign language interpreter, let the committee know in advance. The committee will post a more detailed agenda on its website (link above). It last met in March in Sacramento, Calif.

The committee consists of 21 members, representing a variety of interests, including recreation and environmental groups; plus industry and state, tribal, federal and local governments. It was founded in 2012. It recently concluded a nomination period for new members. It discussed a variety of issues at its March meeting, including implementing the rule in California and getting Indian tribes involved with it.



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