Presentation on theme: "US FOREST SERVICE REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE Planning Rule Revision Photographer: Bill Lea."— Presentation transcript:
US FOREST SERVICE REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE Planning Rule Revision Photographer: Bill Lea
Opening Presentation Why We are Here Planning Rule 101 How a Rule is Written Enhanced Collaboration Update on Other Meetings Today’s Meeting
Why We are Here Secretary Vilsack has charged the Forest Service to develop a new planning rule that is more responsive to current forest management challenges Better forest management will be achieved through collaboration with stakeholders These meetings are a first step
Time for a Change There are new resource management challenges that the current planning rule does not address Current planning process is taking too long Previous rule-making efforts have faced legal challenges
We Need Your Help We know there were concerns with previous efforts to revise the rule We want to do it differently this time To build a robust rule we need your input
Planning Rule 101 Project or Activity Decision Land Management Plans (Forests/Grasslands) USFS Planning Rule National Forest Management Act We are here: USFS is revising the Planning Rule
Planning Rule v. Forest Plan Minimum content of Forest Plans When & how plans are revised When & how plans are amended Who makes the plan decisions How the public is involved Analysis, assessment, or evaluation requirements How the decisions are subject to appeals or objections Relationship of plans to projects Multiple use goals and objectives Management requirements (standards and guidelines) Management Areas Designation of suitable timber land Wilderness recommendations Monitoring and evaluation requirements Planning Rule – Provides guidance on how to plan Forest Plans – Provides guidance on how to manage a National Forest
How a Planning Rule is Written Proposed Rule Planning Phase Final Rule Planning Phase Rule Implementation
Proposed Rule Planning Phase Final Rule Planning Phase Rule Implementation How a Planning Rule is Written Traditional NEPA: Issue Notice of Intent (NOI) & 60 Days Public Comment New This Time: Enhanced collaboration with citizens, stakeholders, scientists, other agencies, and Tribal Consultation and collaboration Publish Proposed Planning Rule & Draft Environmental Impact Statement DRAT NOI DRAFT
How a Planning Rule is Written Publish Final Planning Rule Final Draft Environmental Impact Statement & Record of Decision FINAL Proposed Rule Planning Phase Final Rule Planning Phase Rule Implementation Traditional NEPA: 60 Days of Public Comment on Proposed Planning Rule & Draft Environmental Impact Statement DRAFT New This Time: Enhanced collaboration with citizens, stakeholders, scientists, other agencies, and Tribal Consultation and collaboration
How a Planning Rule is Written Desired Outcome: A planning rule that is successful and practical and supported by stakeholders Proposed Rule Planning Phase Final Rule Planning Phase Rule Implementation
Enhanced Collaborative Process Notice of Intent Tribal Consultation and collaboration National Roundtables Science Forum Formal Comment Period USFS Blog and online discussion Enhanced Collaboration in this ProcessTRADITIONAL NEPA Internal collaboration and interagency collaboration Regional Roundtables
What Happens Next and When? Enhanced Collaborative Process Meeting Summaries on Planning Rule Website One Week After Meetings Additional Stakeholder Engagement Proposed Rule and DEIS Alternatives Expected Dec. 2010 Rule Finalization and Implementation Expected Nov. 2011 FINALDRAFT
What will go into the final rule? Ideas will be considered if: o Legal o Within our jurisdiction o Feasible Enhanced Collaborative Process Rule Finalization and Implementation Rule Development USFS reviews and adjusts USDA reviews and adjusts OMB and other agencies review and adjust Final decision made by the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment FINAL
Science Forum 21 Scientists presented over the course of two days Drivers of Ecosystems Planning, Managing and Measuring at the Landscape Level Plant and Animal Diversity Social, Cultural and Economic Dimensions Science of Planning Report available on web April 10
First National Roundtable 100 participants gathered for a two day discussion on how the planning rule should address: Watershed Health Restoration Climate Change Plant and Animal Diversity Recreation Contribution to vibrant local economies Summary report available on web April 13
What we are going to do today Create a robust dialogue on what should be in a new planning rule When we leave here today, we want to know: Key themes of what you think should be in a planning rule Where do opinions overlap? Where do opinions differ?
What we are expecting of you Draw on your own experience and perspective to inform today’s discussion Be respectful of the many different viewpoints and voices in the room Think of these issues on a national scale Always ask yourself, “How should the planning rule address this challenge?”
Agenda for the meeting Identify topic areas of highest interest to meeting participants – topic areas identified in Notice of Intent (NOI) or other topics Facilitated discussion of key topic areas Opportunity to fill out written/email comment forms during session
Topics/Questions from NOI Substantive Topic Areas: Restoration & Conservation Climate Change Watershed Health / Water Resources Plant and Animal Diversity Contribution to Local, Vibrant Economies Recreation
Topics/Questions from NOI Process Topic Areas: Collaboration and Coordination with stakeholders (public, agency, organization) “All-Lands” Approach Planning Process & Revisions Improving timeliness and efficiency Process reflect regional differences? Adaptive management – plan evaluation – plan revisions Other Topics
Restoration & Conservation How can the next planning rule foster restoration of national forest system lands? How should the planning rule address conservation efforts that may enhance ecosystem resiliency and prevent degradation?
Climate Change How can the planning rule be proactive and innovative in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation? What, if any, climate change assumptions should be used in the development of plan alternatives?
Watersheds & Water What should the planning rule say about watershed health and water resources? Conduct planning on a watershed basis? Include planning or management guidance to protect and enhance water resources? Require forest plans to adhere to best management practices? How might the USFS take into account water quality and availability factors outside of the agency’s control?
Diversity of Plants & Animals At what landscape scale should the USFS analyze and provide for diversity of plants and animals (individual unit, watershed, landscape scale)? How should the planning rule guide monitoring and protection of at-risk species and their habitats? How should plans address conditions outside of the agency’s control?
Economic Contributions What should the planning rule say about how plans should address provision of goods and services that contribute to local and regional economies? How can the rule reflect the interdependency of social, economic and ecological systems in a way that supports sustainable management of NFS lands? How can the planning rule address the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services?
Recreation What should the planning rule say about recreation uses of NFS lands? What should the rule say about places of interest? What should the rule say about access, visitor facilities and services?
Collaboration & Cooperation What is the best way to involve stakeholders in the planning process? How should planning be coordinated with other agencies and governments? What kind of administrative review process should be offered to the public in the planning rule (e.g., timing and method to object or appeal)?
All-Lands Approach? Should the USFS planning process move to an all- lands approach? For example, should the planning rule require forest plans to: Evaluate how land management off of NFS lands affects forest resources? Propose landscape goals for larger geographic areas that include NFS and other lands? Include a description of the NFS unit’s distinctive roles and contributions to the local area, State, region, nation?
Planning Process Improvements Do you have ideas for making the planning process faster, more straight-forward? Should the planning rule support creation of vision for each planning area that is shared by the public, with strategic goals, objectives and actions that would achieve that vision? Should the planning rule allow different regions to choose among several types of planning processes?