Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack named the members of an advisory committee charged with providing guidance and recommendations on the implementation of the new U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule.
"Members of this federal advisory committee will give unique perspectives on land management issues under the new planning rule, which provides stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities," said Vilsack. "The committee's input will be very important as we begin to implement the new rule and address critical management needs on our national forests and grasslands."
More than 220 people applied to serve on the committee. The selected members represent a balanced range of public interests in the management of National Forest System lands. This group will provide the Secretary and the U.S. Forest Service Chief feedback on a range of issues important to implementation of the planning rule.