General Comments


Environmental Documentation Required for Rulemaking.

Three respondents commented that the proposed rule requires documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. These respondents stated that the rule has environmental impacts from anticipated litigation with large groups like the Rainbow Family; that the rule must affect the environment because otherwise the agency would not have issued it; and that the rule might keep people out of the national forests and thereby have a significant effect on the human environment.


Section 31.1b of Forest Service Handbook 1909.15 categorically excludes from documentation in an EA or an EIS ``rules, regulations, or policies to establish Service-wide administrative procedures, program processes or instructions.''

This regulation falls into this category of actions because the rule establishes agency-wide administrative procedures for authorization and use of National Forest System lands and because no extraordinary circumstances exist which would require preparation of an EA or an EIS.

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