The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Forest Service has released its proposed forest planning rule for managing 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands covering more than 198 million acres. According to the agency, the proposed policy will incorporate best available science; engage the public and ensure forests’ resilience to climate change, pests and other threats; and put a strong emphasis on environmental protections, such as fostering biological diversity and preserving water resources. The rule accompanies a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and updates a 1982 planning rule. USDA requests comments by May 16, 2011.