This allows officials input in protecting and restoring National Forests and Grasslands for communities, natural resources and the environment. A copy of the proposed directives, along with background information, can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/planningrule/directives.

The 2012 rule followed two years of public input, including some 300,000 comments. Directives in the Forest Service Manual and Service Handbook contain policies for internal procedures and techniques for resources specialists and planning staff.