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National Environmental Policy Act - NEPA

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Comments for USFS Proposed NEPA Rule Change

The comment deadline for the Forest Service's proposed revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations is Monday, August 26, 2019. Below are the comments to the NEPA proposed rule changes submitted on behalf of Cal4Wheel.

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Updated NEPA Handbook Released

The Bureau of Reclamation has released an updated NEPA Handbook for use by Reclamation employees as they carry out their responsibilities to implement the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Forest Service Issues Final Rule on NEPA

[Federal Register: July 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 143)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

National Environmental Policy Act Procedures

AGENCY: USDA Forest Service.
ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture is moving the Forest Service's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) codifying procedures from Forest Service Manual (FSM) 1950 and Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1909.15. In addition to codifying the procedures, the Department is clarifying and expanding them to incorporate Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance and to better align Forest Service NEPA procedures with its decision processes.

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NEPA Explained

NEPA Explained

Keeping trails and areas depends on access. Keeping that access depends on land management policies and procedures, which depend on environmental issues and concerns. Those environmental issues and concerns are reviewed through NEPA.

So, what is “NEPA”? NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, became law on January 1, 1970 and is the basic national charter for protecting the environment. Ten years in making, NEPA is the controlling guidance for federal agencies for virtually any activity undertaken, funded, or permitted that affects the environment. All federal agencies are covered by NEPA and share some common procedures; however, each agency has different specific rules defining their NEPA process.

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NEPA – Categorical Exclusion (CatX)

NEPA – Categorical Exclusion (CatX)

The term "NEPA" stands for National Environmental Policy Act and assures that federal agencies will consider the impact of an action on the human environment before decisions are made and the action is taken. NEPA establishes a specific documentation process requiring the agency to disclose the effect of actions affecting the environment.

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What is a RMP?

What is a RMP?

A Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a land use plan which describes broad, multiple-use guidance for managing public land and mineral estate administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The plan is developed with public involvement and potential impacts of the plan are analyzed in an environmental impact statement (EIS) under guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1976 (NEPA).

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