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News Release

Forest Assessment Draft Workplans Open To Public Comment

March 2, 2000, Atlanta, GA-- Draft work plans involving a 13-state assessment of Southern Forests are available for public review and comment via the Internet.

The USDA Forest Service announced today that draft work plans on the Southern Forest Resources Assessment can be electronically accessed at   The public can provide electronic or written comments on the draft work plans, which address five broad categories.  The review includes topics such as, forest conditions, ecosystems, social and economic factors, timber markets and watershed and wetlands.

The Environmental Protection Agency, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Valley Authority and various state agencies are working in partnership with the Forest Service in conducting the voluntary Assessment.

The Assessment will incorporate input from the public before final work plans are completed,” said John Greis, of the Forest Service’s Region 8 Atlanta office.  “The work plans will serve as a guideline to answering a series of questions that face Southern Forests.”

Specific questions under the five broad category areas were finalized at a public forum in February.  The work plans will determine the best possible way to answer the questions.

The Assessment is divided into four phases and is scheduled to be complete by June 2001.


Contact: John Greis
(404) 347-7223

Bruce Kinzel
(404) 347-7240


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