The Forest Service released two important documents in January. The ﬁrst is the long awaited Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The second is Forest Service Watershed Condition Framework.
After review of nearly 300,000 comments received on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement issued February 2011, Forest Service has released their preferred course of action for the national planning rule. The Record of Decision on the ﬁnal planning rule is expected within 30 day of February 3, the ofﬁcial release date.
The preferred alternative emphasizes collaboration and strengthens the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the planning process. It also would require the use of the best available scientiﬁc information for decisions.