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January 17, 2017Sample Forest Plan Scoping Comments - Member Only

The new Forest planning regulations are being used to determine what Forest plan revisions say about outfitting and guiding opportunities in National Forests.

January 17, 2017Forest Plan, Forest Plan Revision, Draft EIS Comment Template Forest Plan, Forest planning - Member Only

This model letter enables AOA members to submit substantive comments to the Draft EIS for National Forest plan revisions. Outfitters must submit substantive comments to qualify to participate in the pre-decision objection process.  For example, if you object to the plan revisions lack of additional permits or capacity for outfitting activities in a specific area, you would use this letter to make those comments.

January 17, 2017The Forest Service Pre-decision Objection Process Explained - Member Only

National Forest planning rules finalized in 2012 replaced the extensive appeals process with a new “pre-decision objection process”.  This process also applies to plan amendments and project level decisions. To participate in the objection process, you must submit substantive comments during the EIS or other public comment opportunities. Objectors sit down with the Forest Service to work out a resolution prior to a final record of decision.  This document describes some of the issues as part of that process.

January 13, 2017Understanding the Pre-Decisional Administrative Review Objection Process for Forest Plan, Amendment, and Revision Decisions - Member Only

National Forest plans provide management direction and general planning guidelines for up to 15 years.  The plans include basic management and planning directions such as general levels of outfitter use and strategies for providing recreation services and facilities on the specific national forest planning unit.  This memorandum describes the current administrative review objection process applicable to national forest plan, amendment, and revision decisions, and it identifies both how one may object to those decisions and participate in the plan decision-making process so as to qualify as an “objector” under the Forest Service regulations.

December 30, 2014Example of Forest Planning Pre-decision Objections Process - Member Only

Under the new Forest Service, planning regulations outfitters and others must submit substantive comments during comment periods to qualify as participants in the pre-decision objections process.  This excerpt from the Shoshone National Forest plan webpage provides an example (2014).

May 12, 2011Forest Plan Comment Template - Member Only

Template for comments regarding the proposed National Forest System Land Management Planning rules, 36 CFR Part 219, published in the Federal Register on Feb. 14, 2011.


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