Magazine article American Forests

U.S. Forest Service Proposed Mitigation Policy

Magazine article American Forests

U.S. Forest Service Proposed Mitigation Policy

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IN RESPONSE TO Executive Order 13604: Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects and the Presidential Memorandum: Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment, the U.S. Forest Service sought recommendations from American Forests, and others, in formulating the agency's policy on mitigating adverse impacts on National Forests and Grasslands. Here is a snippet of the comments we provided. We look forward to expanding upon these ideas in response to the formal public comment period when the draft proposed rule is published later on this summer.

"The development of an agency-wide mitigation policy gives the U.S. Forest Service the opportunity to integrate existing planning and restoration efforts into a landscape-scale green infrastructure plan. A green infrastructure approach can be used to guide development projects away from important natural resources and inform priority locations for mitigation and restoration. Green infrastructure has received more attention recently as a hybrid nature-based, engineered solution for stormwater management in urban settings. …

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