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File Code: 1330 Date: January 22, 1998

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Subject: Review of Forest Service Land Management Planning

To: All Employees

The Secretary of Agriculture has appointed a distinguished panel of natural resource scientists and professionals to the Committee of Scientists (Committee). This 13-member committee will review and evaluate our current land management planning process and recommend improvements. This is an excellent opportunity for us to work with our partners in Federal, tribal, and state governments to take a fresh look at the way we plan and manage our national forests. We have over 20 years of experience in planning with the National Forest Management Act. Now is the time for us to review where we have been in planning and apply our experiences and knowledge to the natural resource challenges of the 21st century.

The Committee held its initial meeting in Chicago on December 19, 1997, to organize and obtain direction on their assignment from Under Secretary James R. Lyons. Jim and I both emphasized the importance of the Committee's work to the future of land management planning in the Forest Service. We encouraged the Committee to be "bold and creative" and gather information from a wide variety of sources. All of their meetings will be open to the public and will provide opportunities for the public interaction with the Committee.

As Forest Service employees, you have a wealth of experience and knowledge in planning that is valuable to the Committee. I encourage each of you to contact the Committee and share your thoughts and ideas. Take advantage of this historic opportunity. The Committee can be contacted on the World Wide Web at www.cof.orst.edu/org/scicomm/ or at Committee of Scientists, P. O. Box 2140,

Corvallis, Oregon 97339.

/s/ Mike Dombeck

MIKE DOMBECK

Chief