Forest Service Announces Scoping Period for Landscape-Level Vegetation Management Project on the Ozark National Forest

Forest Service officials are seeking input on a landscape-level vegetation management project on the Ozark National Forest.

The Ozark Vegetation Management (OVM) Project will broadly review all lands within the Ozark National Forest and authorize vegetation management actions to achieve the goals of the Forest Plan. The Forest has a need to conduct vegetation management at a broader scale utilizing silvicultural practices to accomplish restoration goals.

Vegetation management activities associated with timber, silviculture, wildlife and fire programs on the Forest will be within the scope of this project. The Forest is also proposing a plan amendment to the 2005 Revised Land and Resources Management Plan following the direction in the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219).

A detailed description of the OVM Project, including connected actions, maps, background, purpose and need, proposed action, and details on the proposed plan amendment is available online at:

To be fully considered, comments as they relate to the proposed action and identification of any issues about the anticipated effects from the proposed action are requested through January 19, 2021. Comments should be as specific as possible, be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider. Please visit the project website for information on how to submit comments.

Additional project information and updates, which will also be posted on the National Forest project website above, may be obtained by contacting Forest Environmental Coordinator Janine Book at 479-964-7282 or