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. 

Revised Forest Plan Documents

The draft Record of Decision, revised Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are now available. Documents have been mailed to those who commented or are on our mailing list. Documents are available online (link below). Hard copy or DVDs of the documents may be obtained from Kootenai National Forest offices or by calling 406-293-6211.

Select here for documents, maps, and comments.

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.

Revised Forest Plan Objections

The Objection Period began September 28 (the day after notice was published in the Daily Inter Lake and the Missoulian newspapers of record, and the Federal Register) for a 60 dayperiod. The objection period closed November 26.  The Washington Office received valid objections from 38 individuals or groups. Click here for information on the objection received and for information on how to file as an "interested person." 

Plan Revision Process and History

Forest Plan Revision is a complex process, including public involvement and collaboration with many groups and agencies. The Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle Plan Revision Zone (KIPZ) web page contains detailed information on the Forest Plan Revision Process.

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

The 1987 Forest Plan requires that a Monitoring and Evaluation Report be completed each year. The purpose of this report is to determine how the Kootenai is doing in meeting the goals outlined in the Forest Plan. Monitoring reports since 2000 are maintained on this website.

Public Involvement

The Kootenai National Forest Social Assessment (1.5mb pdf) fufills Gifford Pinchot's advice to "estimate and understand public opinion" while we care for the land under our stewardship. It surveys public perceptions, values, attitudes, and other factors in search of better ways to manage the natural resources of the Kootenai National Forest.

Additional Information

Persons wanting additional information on forest plan revision should contact:

Forest Plan Revision
Attn: Ellen Frament
Kootenai National Forest
31374 US Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923-3022
Phone: (406) 293-6211