The Forest Service is hosting a National Science Forum, National Roundtables, and roundtables in each of the Forest Service regions between late March and mid-May 2010 to provide opportunities for public input and dialogue about what should be in a new planning rule. Additional information is available at the Forest Service Planning Rule website. Pre-registration is strongly requested as far in advance as possible--preferably at least one week prior to any national meeting(s) you plan to attend.
SCIENCE FORUM: March 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m .and March 30, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 2010 in Washington DC is being convened by the USDA Forest Service with support from Booz Allen Hamilton. Panels of scientists will present the latest science on topics relevant to the development of the planning rule. The key themes from the Science Forum will help frame the collaborative discussions at the regional and national roundtables that will follow. Pre-register above. If you have questions concerning special needs or to request sign language interpretation, contact Kathryn Hite at 703-412-7494 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22, 2010.
NATIONAL ROUNDTABLES are being convened by the Forest Service with support from the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (USIECR) and the Meridian Institute. Your attendance at all three meetings is encouraged! Pre-register above. If you have questions concerning special needs or to request sign language interpretation, contact Danielle Youngblood at 202-354-6451 or email@example.com at least a week before the scheduled roundtable.
First National Roundtable - April 1, 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m., and April 2, 9:00 a.m.-4:30p.m., 2010 in Washington DC. This meeting will engage attendees in dialogue with the Forest Service about the planning rule and will solicit focused input on how the planning rule should address restoration, climate change, watershed health and biodiversity.
Second National Roundtable - April 20, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and April 21, 9:00a.m.-4:30 p.m., 2010 in Rockville, Maryland (see location at right). This meeting will engage attendees in dialogue with the Forest Service about the planning rule and to solicit focused input on how the planning rule should address the social, economic and cultural contribution of NFS lands to surrounding communities; provide for effective collaboration; consider the relationship between national forests and surrounding lands; and use the latest in planning science.
Third National Roundtable - May 11, 9am-5pm, and May 12, 9am-4:30pm, 2010 in Rockville, Maryland (see location at right). This meeting will allow stakeholders to discuss and build upon the synthesized results from the Science Forum,the preceding National Roundtables, and Regional Roundtables.
To encourage broad participation the Forest Service, through the National Forest Foundation, is offering the opportunity to apply for travel support (flight and/or ground transportation and/or hotel) to attend the national roundtables. These funds are targeted toward individuals who would not be able to attend without such assistance. This assistance will help ensurethat multiple stakeholder perspectives are represented inthe planning rule dialogue. Additional information and an application are available at: http://www.nationalforests.org/conserve/learning/planning-rule-travel-assistance.
REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES are being conducted throughout April in locations around the country. The roundtables will engage stakeholders in dialogue about the planning rule, and provide opportunity for stakeholders to explore issues of particular relevance in each Forest Service region.
Pre-register for the Rocky Mountain Region Roundtable (Region 2) being conducted April 12, 2010 and the Intermountain Region (Region 4) being conducted April 8, 2010 on the right side of this page at "View other USDA Forest Service events". Dates, locations and registration links for other regional roundtables are available at: www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
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The Science Forum and Roundtables are convened by the USDA Forest Service with assistance from meeting facilitators.