NRC Report - March 2012
With March, a couple of important and long stalled projects have moved into active status. The long awaited Forest Service Planning Rule has been formally released and (to date) survived legal challenges.
This effort may seems minor but it does have significant implications for those that recreate in national forests. Each national forest is required to have a management plan. The plan is known as “forest plan”, “land and resource management plan”, or “resource management plan”. By which ever name, the forest plan is supposed to be updated at specified intervals. With the exception of four national forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland) in California, all other national forests have plans that are more than 15 years out of date.