The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service recently released the revised Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest Land Management Plan and final environmental impact statement. The 2.9-million-acre forest is expected to drive management for the next 15 years. The plan recommends protections for 45 rivers or streams as wild and scenic which, if designated by Congress, would come with regulations aimed at maintaining those qualities. The plan in and of itself does not make decisions on the ground but sets parameters for those decisions.
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