Forest Plan Evaluation & Monitoring

In 2003, the Payette NF completed revision of its 1988 Land and Resource Management Plan (hereafter, called the 1988 Forest Plan).  The Regional Forester signed the Record of Decision for the revised Forest Plan on July 25, 2003.  The revised Plan (hereafter also called the Forest Plan) went into effect September 7, 2003.  The Forest Plan defines a strategy for the next 10-15 years and describes desired conditions for Forest ecosystems.  It sets goals, objectives, standards, and guidelines that emphasize maintaining and restoring watershed conditions, species viability, terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and healthy, functioning ecosystems. (Link to 2003 LRMP)

The goal of Forest Plan monitoring is to determine what is working well and what is not, and to help identify what changes are needed in management direction or monitoring methods.  Monitoring and evaluation are key parts of adaptive management.  They track how projects are meeting the Forest Plan’s desired condition.  They provide the information to keep the Forest Plan viable.  Monitoring and evaluation tell how Forest Plan decisions have been implemented, how effective the implementation has proven to be in accomplishing desired outcomes, and evaluates the validity of the underlying management strategy expressed in the Forest Plan.

Chapter IV of the Forest Plan, “Implementation”, describes the Payette’s monitoring and evaluation strategy.  It lists the activities, practices, and effects to monitor and the indicators, or measures, to track in Tables IV-1 and IV-2.  Most of the elements require annual data gathering and they are designed to evaluate the effects of management over several years.  Therefore, results of monitoring for most elements will be reported after evaluation of data gathered over multiple years.