Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Ashley National Forest's current forest Plan was approved in October 1986. Since that time, conditions on the Forest and public uses of the Forest have changed. In addition, the Forest Service has issued new regulations implementing the National Forest Management Act. The new 2005 Planning Rule can be found at 36 CFR 219 (FR Vol. 70, No. 3./January 5, 2005, 1023). Preliminary needs for change in the current plan include (1) The need to articulate desired conditions for landscapes at a meaningful scale, (2) the need to provide a context for managing for increasing dispersed recreation use of the Forest, particularly motorized travel, (3) the need to purposefully manage for healthy watersheds and riparian systems, (4) the need to recognize the role of fire and fuels management on the Forest. The Forest is also proposing to limit the scope of Forest Plan revision to exclude changes in management direction for the congressionally designated areas of the Forest, namely the High Uintas Wilderness and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Limiting the scope in this manner does not imply that improvement to management direction in these areas is not warranted or needed. The intent of this limitation is to focus the revision process on those areas of the Forest where clearer management direction is most needed at this time. Workshops inviting participation in discussions of the scope of Forest Plan revision are tentatively scheduled for late January 2006. Information on workshop schedules as well as other information will be posted to the Forest Web site as it becomes available. Interested persons may also contact the Planning Team leader for more information about schedules and public involvement opportunities.