Thank you Grumpy for the thread.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new Planning Rule and is seeking public input to help create a new rule that is effective and endures over time. The upcoming Roundtable Meeting in Portland on April 6, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, is part of this collaborative effort. We look forward to seeing you there.
The meeting will include three interactive sessions, beginning at 9 am, 1 pm and 6 pm. You are welcome to participate in any or all of these sessions. Each session will open with a plenary presentation, followed by facilitated roundtable discussions highlighting specific issues relevant to the proposed Planning Rule. Discussions will focus on areas of agreement and disagreement, as well as possible alternatives. Interested participants may engage in more than one roundtable. Sessions will conclude with report-outs from each roundtable to all attendees. Summaries of these sessions will become part of the public record and will be utilized in the rule-writing process.
Roundtable discussion topics will be drawn from the "Process (3) and Substantive (5) Principles for a New Rule" published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2009 (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-30174.pdf
). We will provide you with an agenda and discussion guide prior to April 6.
You may also be interested in reviewing or contributing to ongoing online discussions on the Forest Service Planning Rule blog at http://blogs.usda.gov/usdablogs/planningrule
If you have not already done so, please reply by email to ForestServiceMtg@LSAResults.com
with your name, address and organizational affiliation to let us know if you plan to attend. Your response is not required to participate, but is extremely helpful for planning purposes and very much appreciated.
The event will be held in the Multnomah Room at the Doubletree-Lloyd Center in Portland. Participants are eligible for a $94 room rate (April 5th and/or April 6th), which includes overnight parking. To receive this rate, guests should make reservations before March 22 either online at www.doubletree.com
using the group/convention code SVC or by calling the Doubletree at 800.996.0510 or 503.281.6111. The government per diem rate is $120 and includes parking, breakfast and in-room wireless service.
Open house hours are from noon to 1pm and from 5pm to 6pm. Come-and-go participants may pick up handouts and contribute comments individually, if they so choose.
We look forward to seeing you -- and hearing from you -- in Portland.
NOTICE: The Forest Service is committed to providing equal access to this meeting for all participants. For questions about accessibility or to request alternative formats or other reasonable accommodation, please email ForestServiceMtg@LSAResults.com
or call 206.408.7129. Advance notice of two weeks (by March 22) will allow us to provide seamless access.