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Research Project: Commenting on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest plans

Location: Range Sheep Production Efficiency Research

Project Number: 2056-31610-007-014-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2024
End Date: Aug 22, 2028

The purpose of this NFCA is to document the cooperation between the parties to elicit the ARS to become a cooperating agency, with the U.S. Forest Service acting as lead agency, for the purpose of preparing a revised Forest Plan and EIS. The U.S. Forest Service recognizes that the ARS has knowledge, experience, and expertise with respect to environmental conditions to inform the proposed Forest Plan revision process as defined at 36 CFR 219, otherwise known as the 2012 Planning Rule. The ARS recognizes that the U.S. Forest Service has final decision-making authority regarding the scope of the analysis.

U.S. Forest Service is seeking assistance from the ARS to help provide knowledge and information that will help address management issues related to, but not limited to, land use plans, local social and economic conditions, and natural resource management concerns related to range, roads, timber, wildlife, fire, recreation, land and water conservation. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service invites the submittal of other information, data and comments from the ARS pertaining to the Forest Plan revision process. The establishment of this NFCA further promotes responsible, transparent, and timely dialogue during the Forest Plan revision analysis between ARS and the U.S. Forest Service.