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February 2021 USDA Review of Pending Decisions

On February 1, 2021 Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Chris French issued a memorandum to the Forest Service requesting review of pending agency decisions for certain categories of management activities. The review is being conducted by USDA to assess applicable facts, law and policy in order to ensure that agency actions are aligned with Administration priorities as identified in recent Executive Orders, and to assist the Forest Service in fulfilling its multiple-use, sustained-yield mission in its stewardship of the National Forest System. The review is targeted at final agency decisions planned prior to March 31, 2021.

After the memorandum was issued, the Forest Service directed responsible officials to defer making final agency decisions on activities subject to the memo until such review can be completed. The Forest Service provided summary descriptions of projects meeting the criteria to USDA on the requested date of February 12. USDA is currently reviewing submitted projects.

We are aware there have been requests for reviews of other pending or completed Agency decisions that are outside the scope of the February 1, 2021 memorandum. In response USDA has requested the Forest Service provide information on a number of these additional project activities. As is common in any new administration, USDA will continue to engage with the Forest Service on a wide array of Agency management programs and activities and will consider providing additional direction to the Forest Service as deemed necessary and appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

USDA Memo to the Forest Service (.pdf, 134 KB)

Chief Memo to Regional Foresters (.pdf, 86 KB)

Table of Pending Decisions Under Review

Project Name National Forest Activity Type
Region 1: Ash Creek Custer-Gallatin Vegetation Management CE
Frozen Moose Flathead Vegetation Management in Roadless
Buckskin Idaho Panhandle Vegetation Management in Roadless
Ecotonal Habitat Custer-Gallatin Vegetation Management CE
True Oil LLC Dakota Prairie Energy Infrastructure SUP
North Fork Blackfoot River Fish Restoration Helena – Lewis & Clark and Lolo Wilderness Exception
Region 2: Canyon Lakes Reservoir Arapaho-Roosevelt Wilderness Exception
Niobrara Electric Nebraska Energy Infrastructure SUP
Black Hills Power Nebraska Energy Infrastructure SUP
Forest Health and Fuels White River Vegetation Management CE
Region 3: Corona Fuels/Forest Health Cibola Vegetation Management CE
Sandia Trails Improvements Cibola Wilderness Exception
Travel Management Plan Tonto Land Management Plan Amendment
NNM Aquatic, Riparian Carson, Cibola, Santa Fe Vegetation Management in Roadless
Region 4: California Creek Powerline Humboldt-Toiyabe Energy Infrastructure SUP
Region 5: Bootsole Plumas Vegetation Management CE
Region 6: Archie Creek Fire Danger Tree Umpqua Vegetation Management CE/Roadless
Archie Creek Reforestation Umpqua Vegetation Management CE
Pomeroy Umatilla Vegetation Management CE
Region 8: FSR 186B Electric Line MS - Homochitto Energy Infrastructure SUP
SW MS Electric Overhead MS - Homochitto Energy Infrastructure SUP
Alexander Wilderness FL – Ocala Wilderness Exception
ANF Plantation Thinning FL – Apalachicola Vegetation CE
JNF Crown Touching Release Jefferson Vegetation CE
Region 9: AVA1701 Electric Line Mark Twain Energy Infrastructure SUP
XCEL Pole Replacement Chequamegon-Nicolet Energy Infrastructure SUP
Region 10: Herbert Gold Surface Exploration Tongass Vegetation Management in Roadless