Forest Plan Revision

 Help Plan the Flathead's Future

Middle Fork Flathead

The Flathead National Forest has begun revising its Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. It will be updated and revised as new information becomes available.

Here you will find information and links to planning documents and reports, dates for meetings, press releases, maps, briefing papers and ways to comment or be involved in the process.


The assessment evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability and their relationship to the land management plan within the context of the broader landscape. The assessment is organized in 2 parts and has 5 appendices:

Part 1 of the assessment includes chapter 1 (introduction, document structure, background, etc.) and these sections of chapter 2: soil, aquatic ecosystems, watersheds, ecosystem function: drivers and stressors, and terrestrial ecosystems—vegetation, wildlife, and plant species.

Part 2 of the assessment is the continuation of chapter 2: social, cultural and economic conditions; multiple use and ecosystem services; recreation settings, opportunities, access, and  scenic character; infrastructure; renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources; cultural and historical resources and uses; land status, ownership, use and access patterns; special designated areas; and back matter (list of preparers, list of abbreviations, glossary, and literature cited).

The appendices are:

  • Appendix A – Vegetation Maps
  • Appendix B – Vegetation Historical Reference Conditions
  • Appendix C – Vegetation Potential Vegetation Types and Current Vegetation Conditions
  • Appendix D – Terrestrial Wildlife Species Review Process: Potential Species of Conservation Concern and Potential Species of Public Interest
  • Appendix E – Recreational Opportunity Spectrum Maps

 (updated 4/16/2014)

Upcoming Meetings

4 upcoming meetings in April will focus on geographic area desired conditions:

  • Salish Mountains Geographic Area, Monday, April 21
  • Swan Valley Geographic Area, Tuesday, April 22
  • Hungry Horse, South Fork, and Middle Fork Geographic Areas, Wednesday, April 23  
  • North Fork Geographic Area, Thursday, April 24

All meetings will take place from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MTConference lines will be available for anyone unable to attend in person. Thanks to everyone who has already registered! Others wishing to attend please register as soon as possible for either in-person or conference call attendance by clicking on this link.  For those unable to participate, the E-collaboration tool, Google Groups, is another way to provide feedback on the topics that will be discussed in the meetings. Additional information about the meetings is posted here.  

4 meetings in May will focus on management area designations within geographic areas:

  1. Monday, May 12 (Salish GA)
  2. Tuesday, May 13 (Swan GA)
  3. Wednesday, May 14 (3 GAs: Hungry Horse, South and Middle Fork)
  4. Thursday, May 15, (North Fork GA)

 (updated 4/18/2014)


Since the release of the current  Forest Land and Management Plan the Flathead's natural resources and the communities surrounding the Forest have changed and new information and technologies are now available to help us analyze and plan on how to best manage the Forest into the future. We face different opportunities and challenges now than we did then. The new forest plan will be developed using the 2012 forest planning rule which places greater emphasis on collaboration and public involvement than ever before. While we have good relationships with many of our partners, stakeholders , neighbors and visitors we need more information and input to move forward with this important planning effort.

Forest Plans provide strategic direction to guide management of forest resources and provide a framework for decision making on site-specific projects and activities. The new planning rule directs Forest Plans to be science-based and developed collaboratively with stakeholders interested in the management of national forests. The Flathead National Forest is committed to collaboration, improving transparency in the process, and strengthening the role of public involvement through dialogue on Forest plan issues.

Collaboration, Communication and Conversations

Collaboration Work Groups

The Flathead National Forest has contracted with the Meridian Institute to facilitate stakeholder collaboration. Additional information about the collaborative process and related resources can be found on the Meridian Institute FNF forest plan revision website.

For geospatial data click here, for maps and graphics click here (updated 1/24/2014)

At the Orientation Meeting (on 12/5) two working groups were established that will focus on the following topics:

  1. Habitat, vegetation, and disturbance
  2. Recreation, access, and recommended wilderness

Stakeholders may participate in either or both work groups or may opt to not actively participate in either work group but attend meetings and contribute to the discussions or submit comments.

Past Meetings (and related documents)

Meetings that focused on forest-wide objectives were held on March 19 and 20, 2014

Meetings that focused on forest-wide desired conditions were held on February 19 and 20, 2014

Stakeholder Collaboration Meeting - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 from 4:30-9:00 pm

Orientation Meeting - Thursday, December 5th, 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Four field trips throughout the Flathead National Forest

  1. Forest vegetation and disturbances including fire, timber harvest and forest products – August 8, 2013, Tally Lake District
  2. Recreation settings opportunities and access, existing wilderness, and scenic character – August 29, 2013, Hungry Horse/Spotted Bear Districts
  3. Terrestrial and aquatic habitats, threatened and endangered species, and species of conservation concern, and invasive species – September 12, 2013, Swan Lake District
  4. Inventoried Roadless Area, recommended wilderness, and wild and scenic rivers – September 26, 2013, Glacier View District

Process Workshop - September 25th - 4:00 - 8:00pm, Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office

Process Feedback - November 13th

Open House - October 29th - 5:00 - 8:00pm, Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office   

Forest Plan Revision Schedule


Component Timeframe
 Assessment  Winter 2013
 Collaboration  Fall 2013-Spring 2014
 Draft environmental impact statement (DEIS)  Spring 2015
 Final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision
 Fall 2016


Supporting Documents

News Releases, Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions:

Comments on the Plan Revision Process

We need your help in planning the future of the Forest. If you would like to send comments or suggestions about Forest Plan revision you can send an email to: .


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