This desk guide is intended primarily for forest supervisors, district rangers, and other employees of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, who need or wish to participate in planning and open space activities in their local community or geographic region. Our goal is to help demystify the planning process and to outline ways that Forest Service employees can, in coordination with line officers, engage effectively and respectfully in locally led land use planning decisions related to housing development. Included in this guide is a brief overview of legal and regulatory authorities associated with participation in community development planning, a review of basic planning steps in which Forest Service employees can (and cannot) provide valuable assistance, and tips on ways to participate successfully. Also included are case studies, selected references and resources, checklists, and a discussion guide.
Key Points covered
- Forest Service employees possess valuable skills, knowledge and data that can support efforts by communities aimed at planning for future growth and the conservation of natural resources.
- Participation in local land use planning activities, in coordination with line officers, supports the Forest Service mission and goals.
- It is important to learn about the planning processes in your area to best understand how to participate in local growth planning.