USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a call for nominations to serve on a newly formed advisory committee that will guide better management of our national forests and grasslands. The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will advise and give recommendations to the USDA Secretary and the chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

"Input from the public is critical to successful land management planning," says Vilsack. "I'm forming this committee to help us implement planning that conserves our forests and grasslands for the benefit of water, wildlife, recreation and the economic vitality of our rural communities."

The committee will provide advice and recommendations on issues such as planning rule directives for implementation, best practices, effective monitoring practices and ongoing collaboration efforts. It will meet three to four times annually, or as often as necessary to complete its work. Members of the committee do not receive compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses. The announcement of this committee builds on the agency's efforts to develop a new Land Management Planning Rule for the National Forest System.

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