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I got this via email and didn't see it posted. Take care all!!

Jack


Dear Subscriber:

You were recently asked to send in your
comments on the new Forest Service
Regulations for revising individual
Forest Plans. Unfortunately, the alert
contained a bad character in the email
address you were to send your comments
to. The correct address to send your
comments to is:

[email protected]

We apologize for any inconvenience this
may have caused. Thank you for getting
involved!

===== ORIGINAL ALERT BELOW =====

COMMENTS NEEDED ON FOREST SERVICE
REGULATIONS!

Dear Subscriber:

Under the Clinton/Gore administration,
the Forest Service revised its
regulations regarding how they go about
the process of revising their
individual Forest Plans. The Clinton
regulations were thought to be so
cumbersome and unmanageable that even
"environmentalist minded" Forest
Service employees objected. Wilderness
Advocacy Groups were delighted,
however, at the prospect of ending
nearly all active human management on
most National Forests by using the new
regulations in appeals, protests and
lawsuits.

The Bush administration, at the behest
of many Forest Service professionals as
well as multiple use recreation
interests, began the process to revise
the Clinton era planning regulations.
The new revisions go a long way toward
addressing some of the problems in the
previous regulations. HOWEVER, the new
regulations contain a few land mines
that need to be corrected before made
final.

What You Can Do:

Send a quick email, letter or fax to
the Forest Service.
E-mail address is
[email protected]
Letters or faxes to:
USDA FS Planning Rule
Content Analysis Team
P.O. Box 8359
Missoula, MT 59807

Sample talking points:

USDA FS Planning Rule
Content Analysis Team
P.O. Box 8359
Missoula, MT 59807
via e-mail: [email protected]
via facsimile: (406) 329-3556

Dear Planning Team:

Please accept my comments regarding the
proposed planning rule published on
December 6, 2002 in the Federal
Register, Volume 67, page 72769.

* Please adopt Option 1 in the final
rule for Section 219.13(b).

* All actions that constitute a plan,
revision, or amendment must be subject
to NEPA and its implementing
regulations.

* The public must be able to rely on a
uniformity of process from unit to unit
of the national forest system.
Therefore, a uniform process for public
involvement in planning must be
provided in the final rule.

* Do not permit any extension to the 1
year duration for Interim Amendments.

* The proposed rule does not include a
specified comment period for plan
initiation. The rule should, at a
minimum, require the Responsible
Official to tailor the comment period
for initiation of plan revision to the
scope and complexity of planning issues
and opportunities for the unit.

ACTION REQUESTED BY APRIL 7, 2003!

Please take just a moment and respond.
This issue will have seismic
repercussions. We'll need your help
fighting this one so PLEASE take a
minute to send a quick email!

A NOTE OF THANKS
Special thanks to Carla Boucher, United
Four Wheel Drive Association's legal
counsel (http://www.ufwda.org/2K/).
Boucher has waded through the over 300
pages of new Forest Planning
regulations and found the 'devil in the
details' that may lead to ROAD CLOSED
signs popping up in a Forest near you.

Additional thanks go out to Brian
Hawthorne of the Utah Shared Access
Alliance for crafting the original
version of this alert, and for bringing
the matter to our attention!
 
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