Planning Overview

Each National Forest and Grassland is governed by a Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA).  Forest Plans set desired conditions, standards, and guidelines for management, protection, and use of the Forest.  Monitoring conditions on the Forest ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and determines effects that might require a change in the Forest Plan.

Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Forest Plan Amendment

The Forest Service is amending the land management plans (forest plans) of the Helena, Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy (GBCS) to support a recovered grizzly bear population in the NCDE. More information can be found on the Amendment Proposed Action webpage.

2015 Forest Plan

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were finalized on January 5, 2015. The final documents are available below. Select here for additional documentation of the revision effort analysis.

  • If you commented on the draft Forest Plan and Draft EIS, responses to your substantive comments may be found in Appendix G of the FEIS and errata.
  • If you participated in the Objection Process, your objection and the reviewing officer’s response to objections are located on the Objections to the Revised Forest Plan webpage.

January 6, 2015 News Release

The Federal Register Notice of Plan Approval was published January 15, 2015. The effective date of the plan is February 17, 2015.

Plan Documents

Record of Decision (450 KB PDF)

2015 Forest Plan (5.2 MB PDF) (with updated monitoring program per Administrative Change #1 - see below)

Final EIS (10.7 MB PDF)


2015 Forest Plan Map (5.3 MB PDF)

2015 Forest Plan Timber Suitability Map (35.8 MB PDF)

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

The purpose of monitoring is to determine if a change in plan components or other plan content that guide management of resources on the Kootenai NF may be needed. The first biennial monitoring report for the 2015 Forest Plan will be available in 2018.

Monitoring reports for the 1987 Forest Plan can be found at the following links:

Administrative Changes to the 2015 Forest Plan

Admininstrative Change #1 - Monitoring Program Transition

As described below, the Kootenai National Forest Plan was revised in 2015. It was developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule. In 2012, the US Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that will direct future forest plan revisions.  The 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219) required us to modify our forest monitoring program consistent with the requirements at 36 CFR 219.12. We completed this transition on June 23, 2016.