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New approach to forest plans to be focus of regional meeting

Aspen Times Staff Report

A proposed rule to guide creation of management plans for national forests will be the subject of a regional meeting in Montrose Tuesday.

Advances in science and shifting public values have prompted a proposed change in some rules regarding forest planning, according to a press release from the White River National Forest. The proposed rule provides a new interpretation of the National Forest Management Act and provides direction to the U.S. Forest Service in revising forest plans.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Road, Montrose. This will be the only meeting on this topic to be held in Western Colorado.

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register. It may be viewed on the Internet at http://www.fs.fed.us/forum/nepa/rule.

The rule is designed to make forest planning a continuous, dynamic process to a great degree, rather than an activity with a beginning and an end.

The impact the rule would have on the current revision of the White River National Forest management plan is unclear.

For more information, contact Lynn Kolund at White River National Forest headquarters, 945-3249.


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