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December 31, 2005


Cimarron-Comanche NG releases draft plan under the 2005 planning rule
Tony Erba

The first land management plan constructed under the 2005 planning rule - for the Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands - was released for comment on 30 December 2005. You can read the public notice in the Federal Register at:

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-24645.htm

The final plan will be approved following a 90 day comment period and a 30 day objection period.

The plan is available for review at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/projects/forest_revision

Comments may be sent to ccgrassplan@caet.esassoc.com

It's time to see whether the hand-wringing that has occurred over the Forest Service changing its land management planning regulations is warranted.

Posted by Tony Erba on December 31, 2005 at 05:51 AM | Permalink

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Posted by: wes

Putting this out on the web is a good thing. The question for me is that I doubt that input will be given serious consideration. If you read the story from the Jan 23rd High Country News (Forest Service shuts down ’three old geezers’) that outlines how the Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest used deputies to keep critics out of a press conference you begin to get the picture that the Forest Service does not want input. Now, HCN may have presented a biased story, but it sounds like it came right out of a Richard Pombo PR stunt.

wes | Jan 23, 2006 3:49:28 PM


Posted by: Tony Erba

I believe that it is inappropriate to judge an agency on one example. There are many examples where Forest Service units reach out extensively to people for their ideas, interests, and values. The Cimarron-Comanche National Grasslands convened several meetings in preparation of their proposed plan (http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/projects/forest_revision/newsletters.shtml). Now they are offering a 90-day comment period to receive comments on that plan. Further, once the plan has been adjusted in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period, the grasslands unit will offer a 30-day opportunity for people to submit objections to the plan. Approving the plan will occur only after an objection is resolved. It seems to me that the Forest Service is making a concerted and genuine effort to engage people in regards to the Grasslands plan. The same is true for many other land management plan revision efforts. The question is…will people take advantage of these opportunities?

Tony Erba | Jan 25, 2006 6:19:47 AM


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