The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on Wednesday published in the Federal Register a proposed regulation that will improve the administrative review process for proposed projects and activities implementing land-management plans.
The proposed rule for an objections process will be applied to all projects and activities that implement land-management plans requiring an environmental analysis or environmental impact statement. The publication of the proposed rule will provide a 30-day public comment opportunity. All comments received will be considered before a final rule is published.
"This proposal will result in better, more informed project decisions, better documentation of environmental effects of agency proposals and reduced regulation for administrative reviews," said USFS Chief Tom Tidwell.
The Forest Service has used a pre-decisional objection process for hazardous fuel reduction projects since 2004. This year Congress directed the Forest Service to also establish a pre-decisional objection process for other projects in lieu of the post-decisional appeal procedures in use with those projects since 1993.
To read the notice visit www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/08/08/2012-19302/project-level-predecisional-administrative-review-process#p-3.