NFMA Forest Planning Rule Comment Letter

Monday, March 1, 2010

This comment letter addresses how our country’s 193 million-acre National Forest System should be managed to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st Century.

The letter was composed specifically in response to a Forest Service request for comment on how the agency should re-write the rules to implement the National Forest Management Act of 1976. The NFMA is one of the most important public land laws that Congress has ever passed. It requires the Forest Service to involve citizens and scientists in designing the management plans for each National Forest and Grassland.

In our comments, we urged the Forest Service to discard its old timber-oriented management plans and replace them with science-based plans that emphasize protection and restoration of the forests’ many valuable resources.