Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces new planning rule

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent in the issuing of a new planning rule to address America’s vast National Forest System of 193-million acres.  The Secretary stated the new planning rule: “seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of our rural communities.”  The Secretary supports sound science to drive the decisions made at the local levels, with a philosophy of restoration of federal lands, and focus on healthy forests and water quality.

The Hardwood Federation will provide additional information on specific goals for timber harvest, which the US Forest Service is expected to address more fully over the next few weeks.  Please see the link below for a video on the announcement and the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule.

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