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USFS PLANNING RULE MEETINGS ANNOUNCED FOR SOUTHERN REGION

March 30, 2010 6:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION LAND USE ADVISORY

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

This is an important UPDATE to the alert we blasted last Friday.  

As the alert said, the Forest Service is revising the regulations used to formulate Forest Plans (known as the Planning Rule). The agency has said it is committed to an open collaborative approach, and has announced several national and regional meetings. Nationwide, the collaborative process includes a Science Forum, three National Roundtables and Roundtables in nine Regions. More information is available on the FS Forest Planning webpage

The FS recently announced the schedule for the Regional Roundtable in Region 8 (Southern Region), which encompasses 13 States-from Virginia to Florida and Oklahoma - as well as Puerto Rico. As part of this national effort, a public roundtable meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, April 16, 2010, from 8:00 am - 4:30pm, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, in the "Georgia Hall", 165 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA  30303.
 
This event is open to all, and there is no fee involved. However, to ensure that there is sufficient space, materials, and refreshments, you are being asked to register online by Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at http://atlantaroundtable.eventbrite.com.

For detailed information about the Atlanta Roundtable or to download the agenda, visit the Region 8 Forest Planning Rule website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/planning/planningrule.php.

You can view our Friday alert for more info, and if you plan to attend any of the meetings, please feel free to use our comments to help you provide input at the meetings. 

We also have an ACTION ITEM prepared for those who can't make it to the meetings and still want to do something to help.  

As always, please call or email if you have any concerns or questions.

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102


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