Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Plan Revision

The planning team for Forest Plan Revison is now in the process of reviewing public comments and documenting potential issues.  The team will use these issues to develop alternatives to the proposed action.  These alternatives, and further refinement of the proposed action, will appear in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).       

The full text of the proposed action can be found at this link. If you would like a hard copy mailed to your home or business, please either call 208-983-2513 or email with your mailing address information. Hard copies are available to pick up at district offices across the Forest.

Links to large scale color maps, the 2014 Assessment, the list of potential species of conservation concern, and collaborative effort information to date can be found below.

To view all public scoping comments received to date, please visit the  CARA reading room

Youth engagement strategy paper by University of Idaho Student Caitlin Mcgraw:  Developing and Implementing a Youth Engagement Strategy for the Nez Perce -Clearwater National Forest Management Plan Revision.

Youth Engagement Strategy

Proposed Action and Other Documentation

Forest Plan Revision Tentative NEPA Timeline

NEPA Step Timeline Collaboration/Public Participation
Formal scoping ends November 2014 Scoping comments will be welcomed throughout the process; 13,800 comments were received during the formal comment period. 
Scoping comment analysis and issue identification   November 2014 through February 2015 IDT analyzed and summarized comments, and identified issues.
Share draft alternatives with interested parties April 2015 Draft alternatives will be published to the Forests' webpage for public review.  Collaborative meetings will be scheduled for interested parties to provide feedback.   
IDT conducts effects analysis and develops draft monitoring plan April 2015 through August 2015 Updates on progress and new information (if discovered) will be provided to interested parties via Forests' webpage. 
Share draft monitoring plan July 2015 Draft monitoring plan will be published to the Forests' webpage for public review.  Collaborative meetings may be scheduled for interested parties to provide feedback.  
Distribute DEIS for public review and formal comment  Ninety days beginning October 2015 Ninety days formal comment period estimated to begin late October or early November. 
Community meetings November and December 2015 Check in meetings to share information on DEIS and review requirements for substantive comments. 
Formal DEIS comment period ends January 2016  Comments are analyzed and summarized.  Resource specialists respond to comments and provide additional analysis or clarification as needed.   
IDT prepares FEIS and responsible official prepares draft ROD February 2016 through June 2016 Updates on progress and new information (if discovered) will be provided to interested parties through Forests' webpage. 
Distribute FEIS and draft ROD and begin objection period (pre-decisional review process) Sixty days beginning August 2016 Sixty day objection period estimated to begin in August.
Community meetings November 2016 Check-in meetings to share information in the draft decision, answer questions, and discuss active management.
Issue final decision March 2017 Approximate date depending on pre-decisional review process schedule.  


Participating in the Forest Plan Revision Process

If you have been engaged in the process we encourage you to continue to stay involved! If you have not yet joined us in this collaborative process and are interested in how the Forests will be managed into the future, we invite you to get engaged!

The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests have conducted a number of public meetings (see the table below) to answer questions and solicit input to help develop and refine the proposed action. We also plan on scheduling additional collaborative working group meetings as our revision efforts continue, so watch for that information on the Forest web page and in the newspapers.

Date Community Time Location
July 22, 2014
Orofino, ID 6 to 8 pm, PT North Fork Ranger District
12730 Highway 12
July 24, 2014
Grangeville, ID 6 to 8 pm, PT Forest Service Grangeville Office
104 Airport Road
July 28, 2014
Lewiston, ID 6 to 8 pm, PT Idaho Department of Fish and Game Lewiston Office
3316 16th Street
July 30, 2014
Moscow, ID 6 to 8 pm, PT The 1912 Center
412 East Third St.
August 4, 2014
Lolo, MT 6 to 8 pm, MT Lolo Middle School
11395 Us Hwy 93 S

For More Information

Joyce Thompson
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Forest Planning & Public affairs Officer 
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536


Key Contacts

Planning Staff Officer
Joyce Thompson
Office: 208-935-4273
Fax: 208-935-4275

Forest Planner
Zach Peterson
Office: 208-935-4239
Fax: 208-935-4275

Jennie Fischer
Phone: (208) 983-4048
Fax: (208) 983-4099

Mike Ward
Phone: (208) 926-6413
Fax: (208) 926-6450  

RFA Coordinator
Diana Jones
Phone: (208) 476-8239
Fax: (208) 476-8329