Planning for Diversity is a guide to national forest planning to conserve America’s wildlife. The guide provides a roadmap and recommendations for people working on national forest plan revisions and navigating the complex diversity requirements of the new Forest Service planning regulations.

The guide summarizes the 2012 Planning Rule and its ecosystem and species conservation concepts, covers the three phases of the planning process and offers recommendations for addressing these concepts and the requirements of the rule during each phase.

Defenders of Wildlife compiled this guide to offer the perspective of a conservation group involved in the process. We are actively engaged in forest plan revisions on national forests across the country and serve on the 2012 Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee. Recognizing the need for a reference focused exclusively on the conservation requirements of the rule, we decided to share information and insights we have gained.


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