Ruffed Grouse Society Applauds Forest Service Final Planning Directives with Focus on Public Involvement


02/02/15

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PRESS RELEASE

451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
412-262-4044

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2015

Expanded public participation will be at the forefront of future planning on national forests due to the final directives released January 30, 2015 by the USDA and Forest Service with assistance from the Federal Advisory Committee.

Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) applauds the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for making public involvement the foundation of future management on our National Forests.  This new direction, released January 30, 2015 by the Forest Service, was developed with assistance from a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) comprised of natural resource professionals, representatives of state and local governments, communication specialists and others. “A product of significant public input and collaboration, this new framework guides development of land management plans that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities," according to the Forest Service.

“Greatly expanded public participation is the foundation of the new direction for planning and habitat management on our National Forests,” said Dan Dessecker, RGS Director of Conservation Policy and member of the FACA Committee. “Sportsmen and women who want to continue to pursue their passion on our national forests need to take advantage of this opportunity and speak out in support of forest management  that enhances habitats for game and other wildlife” according to John Eichinger, RGS President and CEO.

The new direction outlined in the Forest Service’s just-released final planning directives incorporated detailed recommendations from the FACA Committee in addition to substantial  public input. “I extend my gratitude to the FACA Committee, whose input and recommendations are strongly reflected in the final planning directives,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.  “I also thank the many thousands of citizens who provided comment and are working locally with Forests to implement the 2012 Planning Rule.  This was a true collaborative endeavor.”

Dessecker is one of 21 members on the FACA Committee that provides guidance and recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service on the management of our National Forests. Dessecker was selected to represent the interests of hunters and anglers on the Committee.

For more information about the Planning Rule and FACA Committee, go to www.fs.usda.gov/main/planningrule/home. For more information about RGS efforts on conservation policy affecting forest management, go to: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

*Information provided by USDA and U.S. Forest Service


Established in 1961, The Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife.  RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Information on RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Media Contact:
Matt Soberg
(218) 232-6227
editor@ruffedgrousesociety.org

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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