“Committee in Missoula helps Forest Service make plans for public lands,” The Missoulian today.
To explain how to get inside the U.S. Forest Service’s planning process, the agency has turned to a roomful of outsiders.
“This is participatory democracy at its finest,” said Ray Vaughan, a co-chairman of the Forest Service’s National Advisory Committee meeting in Missoula this week. “In the old style, the Forest Service figured out what it wanted to do and then asked everybody to comment. If you didn’t know about the comment period, you missed out. Now it’s more of an ongoing, organic, adaptive-management kind of process.”
List of committee members is here.
The committee is writing a “citizen’s guide” that explains the National Forest planning process.