The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has issued a final rule that the agency says will allow public input into land-management planning before plans are finalized. 78 Fed. Reg. 18,481 (3/27/13). According to USFS, the rule, which took effect March 27, 2013, will apply the same procedures previously in place for public input on certain hazardous fuel reduction projects (wildfire control) to proposed projects and activities implementing land-management plans that require documentation under the National Environmental Policy Act. USFS said that it developed the rule to (i) “[p]reserve the pre-decisional objection process already in place for proposed hazardous fuel reduction projects authorized under the [Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003]”; (ii) “expand the scope of that objection process to include other covered actions”; and (iii) “establish a process for providing the notice and comment provisions of the [Appeal Reform Act].”