LETTER: Governors highlight state consultation in Forest Service directive process

Western Governors sent a letter on March 17, 2016, to the U.S. Forest Service in response to a federal register notice requesting information regarding involving the public in the formulation of Forest Service directives. Governors expressed concern with a prospective shift in Forest Service policy to move the Directive System to an abbreviated or streamlined process. The letter noted, "Any process that reduces the Forest Service’s responsibility to actively inform the public of its actions represents a retreat from openness and transparency." Governors highlighted that the consultation process should respect states as sovereignties and full partners, not simply as stakeholders or members of the public. Read, download the Letter


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