Nominations Being Sought to Forest Service Advisory Committee
January 20, 2012

Applications to serve on a newly-formed advisory committee to guide management of our national forests and grasslands are now available. Members selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will advise and give recommendations to the secretary of agriculture and the chief of the U.S. Forest Service. 
 
The committee will be comprised of up to 21 members with diverse backgrounds, who represent the full range of public interests in management of the National Forest System lands and who represent geographically diverse locations and communities including grazing or other land use permit holders. 
 
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. The announcement of this committee builds on the agency's efforts to develop a new Land Management Planning Rule for the National Forest System. 
 
The 45-day nomination period closes Feb. 21. Producers interested in being nominated to this committee should contact the American Sheep Industry Association at 303-771-3500 or email mary@sheepusa.org. Additional details on the committee are available at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.