Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest

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The USDA Forest Service is currently revising of the 2002 Chugach National Forest land management plan (Forest Plan) following the requirements of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

Visit our Forest Planning for more details on the Forest Plan Revision process, Proposed Forest Plan documents and maps, and to get engaged. The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Forest Plan Revision Updates

We are finishing our analysis of the scoping comments and developing alternatives to the proposed forest plan. Our next step is to analyze the environmental effects of the proposed plan and alternatives including socio-economic impacts.

Proposed Forest Plan Public Comments

The recent 60 day Scoping Period requesting public comments on the proposed Forest Plan ended on February 19, 2016.

Submitted public comments are being reviewed to further develop the proposed revised forest plan and identify potential significant issues. Significant issues will, in turn, form the basis for developing alternatives to the proposed action.

A summary of what we heard and strategies for moving forward with the environmental analysis will be shared soon.

Proposed Forest Plan Documents:

Proposed Forest Plan maps

Documents that support revision of the Proposed Forest Plan

The revision of the 2002 Forest Plan involves three phases.

Phase l involved an evaluation of relevant information including existing ecological, economic, and social conditions and trends across the broader landscape that help inform the need to change the 2002 Forest Plan. This “snapshot” is considered during the creation of the proposed Forest Plan (Phase II). Phase lll will involve continuous observation and collection of information to track relevant conditions over time and measure management effectiveness.

The following documents are related to the Forest Plan Revision Process

2014 Assessment Report (completed during phase 1 of the Forest Plan process)

2014 Assessment Maps