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Visitor Report Studies Diversity

Recreation Visitor Report Details Uses of Forests by Hispanics

By Roland Giller, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Hispanics often do not visit undeveloped natural areas like national forests because of a lack of information about recreation opportunities, according to a recent Forest Service report.

The report also showed Hispanics think there are few on-site employees of their ethnicity, and few family and friends interested in recreating in these places. In addition, it suggested most Hispanics who do visit national forests do not often participate in multiple-day activities like camping.

Instead, Hispanics prefer developed day-use sites for activities such as picnicking. They also visit these sites in larger family groups than non-Hispanics, tend to stay longer on the day of their visit and prepare foods on site. This suggests day-use sites such as picnic areas with grouped tables and barbecue pits suited for large groups can better serve these visitors, according to the report.

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Interim Trail Directives Issued

[Federal Register: October 16, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 201)]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

National Trail Classification System, FSM 2350 and FSH 2309.18

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of issuance of interim final directives and public comment period.

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Tahoe National Forest Releases DEIS For Motorized Travel Plan

The Tahoe National Forest, located in northeastern California, has just released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Travel Management. The Forest Service (FS) will be accepting comments for the next 60 days and there are some open house/orientation meetings scheduled for early October (see schedule below).

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Forest Certification and Its Implications for America's National Forests

[Federal Register: September 17, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 181)]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

Forest Certification and Its Implications for America's National Forests

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice; request for comment.
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SUMMARY: The USDA, Forest Service is seeking comments on forest certification and its implications for America's national forests. This Federal Register notice is to serve as a formal public solicitation of views on the question of National Forest System certification and its implications, if national forest lands were to become certified under one or both of the two major certification systems being used in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages 193 million acres, or approximately eight percent of the nation's land, believes that it is important to better understand the implications of third-party certification of National Forest System (NFS) lands and, in 2005, began exploring independent, third party certification as a potential option. To this end, the Forest Service initiated the National Forest Certification Study, which resulted in the report, "National Forest Certification Study: An Evaluation of the Application of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standards on Five National Forests." This report documents the study in which third-party auditors evaluated current forest management practices on five national forest units using the existing certification standards of two certification programs, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

 

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Recreation RACs to be Continued

[Federal Register: September 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 174)]

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service
 
Recreation Resource Advisory Committees

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to renew the Recreation Resource Advisory Committees.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew five Forest Service Recreation Resource Advisory Committees (Recreation RACs) pursuant to Section 4 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act passed into law as part of the 2005 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 108-447) on December 8, 2004. The Recreation RACs operate in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Eastern, and Southern Regions of the Forest Service and the State of Colorado, and provide recreation fee recommendations to both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as appropriate. As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, charters for Federal advisory committees must be renewed every two years.

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WYOMING COURT STRIKES ROADLESS RULE, BLASTS FOREST SERVICE

Date: 08/13/2008

CHEYENNE, WY (August 13) -- The Clinton-Gore 2001 Roadless Rule suffered another death in its phoenix-like existence as U.S. District of Wyoming Judge Clarence Brimmer yesterday issued a 102 page decision declaring the Rule illegal and enjoining its implementation throughout the U.S. Forest Service System. The decision came in a case brought by the State of Wyoming in 2007, which paralleled an earlier complaint filed by Wyoming in 2001. Judge Brimmer found the Rule illegal in the first case, but the 2001 case was found to be moot and his ruling vacated on appeal, and the 2001 Rule was reinstated in 2006 by a judge in the Northern District of California. Brimmer's decision minces few words, concluding the 2001 Rule "was driven by political haste and evidenced pro forma compliance with" environmental laws, using descriptors such as "flagrant" and "cavalier" in characterizing the "unequivocal" violations.
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