By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – Officials with the Shoshone National Forest say they will go forward with long-term planning after coming into compliance with federal law.
The agency had been working to update a forest plan that dated back to1986. But last April, a judge in California ruled those efforts violated several laws, including the Endangered Species Act. The plan's editor Susie Douglas says the Forest Service has addressed those issues and is ready to resume talks on modern problems affecting the forest.
A forest plan lays out the ground rules that will guide future decisions on everything from roadless areas to vegetation and wildlife habitat.