Plan Revision FAQ

What is a forest plan?

  • A comprehensive plan to guide forest management over the next fifteen years
  • A plan “to maintain and restore forest land and water ecosystems while providing for ecosystem services and multiple uses"
  • Includes objectives, standards and guidelines for “desired conditions” to be achieved through land management
  • Identifies areas that are or may be suitable for special designations such as research natural areas, wild and scenic rivers, and wilderness

Where does the plan apply?

  • Management direction applies on National Forest System land within the boundaries of Chugach National Forest
  • The plan considers the goals, uses and resources of surrounding lands and surrounding communities (“all lands”)

Why does the revision process matter?

  • Chugach National Forest is the backyard for nearly half of the State’s population; It is a place where hundreds of thousands of people live, work, and play
  • The plan will be in place (2015 to 2016) informing management over the next 15 years
  • Decisions in this plan directly affect environmental health, economic vitality, and quality of life
  • We will confirm what is working with the 2002 plan, and identify where there is a need for change

Why revise now?

  • National USFS policy requires plans to be revised at least every 15 years
  • Chugach National Forest was selected as one of eight forests nationwide to be an “early adopter” of the new National Forest System Planning Rule (2012)

What is the "new rule"?

The Forest Service recently adopted at the national level an improved process and direction for preparing or revising forest plans. Features include:

  • A quicker, more streamlined and efficient 3-year process
  • A three phase process: assessment, revision, monitoring
  • Enhanced commitment to collaboration and public engagement (across all three phases; new audiences including youth)
  • "All lands” perspective
  • Best available science; sustainability and “ecosystem services” 
  • Continued emphasis on multiple use management

How can I particpate?