USDA Unveils Newest Forest Planning Rule In 3 Decades

Law360, New York (February 11, 2011, 3:35 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service has unveiled a new framework for land management plans governing the 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands that make up the National Forest System, updating regulations in place since 1982.

USDA officials said Thursday that the proposed Forest Planning Rule would allow for more efficient land management planning in the face of climate change and other challenges while increasing protections for water resources and watersheds.

The proposal includes improved requirements for encouraging diverse native plant and animal...
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