Below is a summary of the key steps in the planning process.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need
Step 2. Conduct public scoping
Step 3. Develop preliminary alternatives
Step 4. Public review of draft alternatives
Step 5. Identify preferred alternative
Step 6. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 7. Public review of draft plan/EA
Step 8. Request Regional Director's signature related to findings *
Step 9. Refine alternatives