Public Participation in Forest Service Land Use Planning

The Forest Service must allow the public to participate in developing or amending land and resource management plans, usually called forest plans. The Forest Service must prepare a full environmental impact statement (EIS) for forest plan revisions and for some major plan amendments.  The Forest Service must seek your views at several points in the EIS process.

Some of the opportunities for public participation include:

Commenting on Land Use Plan Development

Commenting on the Availability of Specific Lands

Commenting on Management Directives


Additional Information on the NEPA Process:

Stage Two: Lease Sales 

Stage Three: Project-Level or Full Field Development NEPA Analysis  

Stage Four: Applications for Permits to Drill