US Floats New Plan For Natural Forest Land Management

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 6:11 PM EST) -- The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday released its latest vision for modernizing land management plans that govern the 193-million-acre National Forest System, saying the new framework would save time and cost less than under the 30-year-old procedures currently in place.

After weighing nearly 300,000 public comments, the Forest Service has selected its preferred framework for land management plans covering 155 forests, 20 grasslands and one prairie in the National Forest System. If adopted as a final rule, the framework would require the use of the best...
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