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Building a Forest Plan by Using Issues to Structure the Process

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The Targhee National Forest in Idaho has completed a proposed land-management plan by a method in which issues elicited in public meetings became the basis for formulating alternatives. Decision criteria that were subsequently used for selecting a preferred alternative were tied directly to issues. A process called trade-off evaluation procedure was used to compare alternatives. A series of briefing guides set the stage for public meetings, kept the public up to date, and presented results of steps in the process.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Public Affairs Specialist in the Supervisor's Office of the Targhee National Forest, P.O. Box 208, St. Anthony, ID 83445

Publication date: 1985-01-01

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