Forest Service Planning Rule Released

National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (the Department) is issuing this final rule to comply with a June 30, 2009, Federal District Court order that has the effect of reinstating the National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning Rule of November 9, 2000, as amended (2000 rule). This action announces the court's decision and takes the ministerial (formal) action of reinstating the rule in the Code of Federal Regulations. This action also makes technical amendments to that rule, including the interpretative rules issued in 2001 and 2004, to update transition provisions that will be in effect until a new planning rule is issued, as announced elsewhere in today's Federal Register.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective December 18, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You can send a written request for more information to the Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff, Forest Service, USDA, Mail Stop 1104, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1104. For more information, including an electronic copy of the 2000 rule and amendments see

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ecosystem Management Coordination staff's Assistant Director for Planning Ric Rine at (202) 205-1022 or Planning Specialist Regis Terney at (202) 205-1552.

Click here to read the complete Federal Register Notice

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