The following statement from Mike Anderson, senior resource analyst at The Wilderness Society, regards the final National Forest Management Act planning rule that was released today by the U.S. Forest Service.
“The Forest Service has produced a visionary national forest planning rule based on principles of sound science. The new planning rule takes a big step forward to a more collaborative way of restoring and protecting the magnificent rivers and wildlife habitat of our national forests.
“Requiring forest planners to use best available science is critical in protecting our forests from climate change and other threats. Millions of Americans rely on the clean water and healthy ecosystems that national forests provide, and the new planning rule will help safeguard these resources.
“The Forest Service should be congratulated for their inclusive public involvement and responsiveness to public feedback on the rule. The agency has gone beyond the norm by reaching out and listening to thousands of people who care deeply about the national forests. Continued public participation and inclusiveness will be critical in ensuring many parts of the new rule are implemented consistent with the rule’s vision.”