Glossary of Terms

This glossary of terms is published on the Coronado National Forest website. It helps us sort through the intricacies of  the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and we hope it helps you too! 

CE
Categorical Exclusion:
A category of actions, which generally do not individually or cumulatively have significant effect on the human environment, for which neither an Environmental Assessment nor Environmental Impact Statement is required. Additional information about a CE can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 30.
DM1
Decision Memo:
Decision document for an action that has been categorically excluded from documentation in an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement. Additional information about a DM can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 30.
DN1
Decision Notice:
Decision document resulting from an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. Additional information about a DN can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 40.
EA
Environmental Assessment:
A concise public document that briefly describes the environmental impacts of a proposal and alternatives, along with analysis for determining whether to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact or an Environmental Impact statement. Additional information about an EA can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 40.
EIS
Environmental Impact Statement:
A detailed public document disclosing environmental impacts of a proposal and alternatives. Additional information about an EIS can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 20.
FR
Federal Register:
A legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration, containing Federal agency regulations; proposed rules and notices; and Executive orders, proclamations and other Presidential documents.
FONSI
Finding of No Significant Impact:
A document that briefly presents the reasons why an action will not significantly affect the human environment and for which an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. Additional information about a FONSI can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 40.
NOA
Notice of Availability:
Notice published in the Federal Register that an Environmental Impact Statement is available. Additional information about a NOA can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 20.
NOI
Notice of Intent:
Notice published in the Federal Register that an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared. Additional information about a NOI can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 20.
ROD1
Record of Decision:
Decision document resulting from an Environmental Impact Statement. Additional information about a ROD can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 20.
Scoping
The procedures by which the Agency identifies important issues and determines the extent of analysis necessary for an informed decision on a proposal. Scoping is part of the public involvement process. Additional information about scoping can be found in Forest Service Environmental Policy and Procedures Handbook 1909.15, Chapter 10.
SOPA
Schedule of Proposed Actions:
A list of proposals that will begin or are undergoing environmental analysis and documentation so that the public can become aware of and indicate their interest in specific proposals.

1 Note that some decisions may be subject to administrative appeal (see the Forest Service Environmental Appeal and Litigation website).