The forum will be held on Monday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at LBL’s Administrative Office, 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond. Forest Service staff will explain both the details and intent of the recently proposed draft Planning Rule that, if put into law, will serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual plans will chart national forest management in the coming years.
The proposed changes will not impact LBL for several years since the National Recreation Area will continue to operate under its current Area Plan, which was completed in December 2004.
The proposed planning rule provides a collaborative and science-based framework for creating land management plans that would support ecological sustainability and contribute to rural job opportunities. Forest Service land management plans guide management activities on the 155 National Forests and 20 Grasslands in the National Forest System.
The forum will not be a platform to accept public comment, rather an opportunity for interested stakeholders to ask questions and learn how to submit formal comments during the public comment period, which closes May 16.
To participate in Monday’s teleconference, contact Avanell Clardy at 270-924-2065 or at LBLInfo@fs.fed.us. The proposed rule and additional information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
his press release was submitted by Kathryn Harper, media contact for Friends of Land Between the Lakes.