Forest Products Modernization Batch 1 #ORMS-2688

Commenting on This Project

In 2017, the Forest Management program launched the Forest Products Modernization (FPM) effort, aimed at improving efficiency in how the agency manages forests, delivers forest products, and carries out timber sales to increase acres treated and volume produced. A significant component of this effort is focused on amending 2400 series FS Manual /FS Handbook directives to reflect new authorities and more closely align with current and future forest restoration needs. Updates to Forest Management directives have not kept pace with authorities granted to the Forest Service by Congress pertaining to the sale and disposal of forest products designed to improved efficiencies, increase the pace of forest restoration and reduce hazardous fuels. Due to the volume of directives in need of update, proposed changes are being released on a rolling basis as they are completed. The first set of proposed updates available for public review and comment includes changes to the following directives: • FSM 2400 Timber Management • FSM 2430 Commercial Timber Sales • FSM 2440 Designating, Cruising, Scaling and Accountability • FSM 2450 Timber Sale Contract Administration • FSM 2460 Uses of Timber Other Than Commercial Sales • FSH 2409.15 Timber Sale Administration • [NEW] FSH 2409.18A Timber Sale Debarment and Suspension Procedures The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenters' names and contact information, will become part of the public record. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration. We have included both the full updated directives documents and a summary of the changes to each directive. We are seeking comment only on the changes included in the summary document. Comments on Chapters not included in this set of directives updates will not be considered. Further updates to Timber Management Directives are forthcoming and the public will have an opportunity to comment as they are completed. Your comments are requested by 11/16/2020.

The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenters' names and contact information, will become part of the public record. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration.

Your comments are requested by 11/16/2020.

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