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 Kootenai National Forest is using a Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process, also known as an “objection process.” The objection filing period for the revised plan ended November 26, 2013. For a list of objections received, a listing of designated "interested persons," and information about the objection resolution meeting held on April 30, 2014 please visit the Forest’s Objections to the Revised Forest Plan webpage.
On September 8, 2014 the reviewing officer issued the response to objections, which includes direction to the Northern Rockies Regional Forester (deciding official). The reviewing officer’s response to objections is the final decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the objections. Full text of the response is available in the Reviewing Officer’s Response to Objections. The Forest Service is currently working to implement the reviewing officer’s directions and expects to sign the final Record of Decision for the forest plan revision this winter if the additional work indicates the forest does not need to go back out to the public.
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 a timeline describing the 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.
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.
Persons wanting additional information on forest plan revision should contact:
Forest Plan Revision
Attn: Timory Peel
Kootenai National Forest
31374 US Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923-3022
Phone: (406) 293-6211