The first task of plan revision is to develop a preliminary "need to change" that identifies the areas that need to change in management direction outlined in the current plans. The preliminary need to change is based on what is important to people, threats to resources, undesirable trends in social, economic, or ecological sustainability, and a need to correct current direction in plans that are not meeting needs to provide benefits sustainably. In addition, it is important to focus on areas where changes to the forest plan can do something substantial to correct concerns identified in the near term. The need to change will be responsive to new information learned through monitoring and assessment.
Desired Conditions Statements
These documents are examples of desired conditions that may be included in the National Forest Plan. Desired conditions (or goals) set forth the desired social, economic, and ecological goals of the Forest. These statements paint a picture of what the public and the Forest Service desire the forest to look like and the goods and services all desire it to provide. Desired conditions are generally expressed in broad, general terms; however, more specificity may be added to clarify the intent. The desired conditions are separated into five categories:
These documents summarize each forest's distinctive roles and contributions within the broader landscape. This includes the unique attributes of the forests as well as the important benefits that are provided through forest uses, products and services.
These presentations were given by U.S. Forest Service staff at the tribal forums and public workshops held in January 2014. The Forest Service also shared the public feedback it received prior to the workshops.