Planning

Forest Plan Revision

Help Plan the Flathead's Future

Middle Fork Flathead

The Flathead National Forest is revising its Forest Plan and has prepared the proposed action and an amendment to integrate the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy (“strategy”) into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests. The Flathead National Forest is incorporating the relevant portions of the strategy as part of its plan revision process.  The proposed amendment provides grizzly bear habitat-related management direction within the portions of each forest that lie within the NCDE.  To view the amendment click here.

 

 

Proposed Action for the Revised Forest Plan

The Flathead National Forest is proposing to revise its land and resource management plan (forest plan). The proposed action is the proposal for changes to the current land management plan. The full text of the proposed action can be found below.

Notice of Intent

Cover Letter

Proposed action- complete with appendices (13.4 Mb)

Proposed action- without appendices

Appendix A- Species Habitat Associations

Appendix B- Potential Management Approaches and Possible Actions

Appendix C part 1- Maps Fig. C-1 to C-13 (16.1Mb)

Appendix C part 2- Maps Fig. C-14 to C-26 (6.8 Mb)

Appendix D- Drivers and Stressors and Related Plan Components

Appendix E- Priority Watersheds

Appendix F- Evaluation of Wilderness Inventory Areas

Appendix G- Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Study Process

Appendix H- Monitoring

 

The proposed action includes:

  • Forestwide, management area, and geographic area desired conditions, objectives, standards, and guidelines.
  • The suitability of lands for specific multiple uses, including those lands suitable for timber production.
  • An estimate of the projected timber sale quantity.
  • A description of the plan area’s distinctive roles and contributions within the broader landscape.
  • The identification of priority restoration watersheds.
  • Proposed management actions and strategies that may occur on the plan area over the life of the plan.
  • Areas proposed to be recommended to Congress for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
  • The rivers identified as eligible for inclusion as part of the Wild and Scenic River System.
  • The plan monitoring program.

 

Instructions for Scoping Comments

The comments that you provide during the 60-day scoping period help us to identify the range of issues to be addressed and the significant concerns related to the proposed action. This scoping process will assist the interdisciplinary team in developing a reasonable range of alternatives and in the analysis and documentation of the environmental and social effects of the proposed plan components and alternatives, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures.

What we are seeking:

Foremost, we are seeking input that helps us define a reasonable range of alternatives. We identify that range based on comments you provide in response to the proposed action. Before commenting we suggest that you look at the proposed action’s management direction and corresponding maps.

As a starting point for your comments, please consider the following questions:

  • Do you agree/disagree with plan components (e.g., desired conditions, objectives, standards, and guidelines)?  If you disagree, what changes would you suggest or can you suggest additional management direction that you would like to see considered? 
  • Do you have suggestions for management areas that need to be included or areas delineated differently?
  • Do you have specific feedback on the wilderness inventory and wild and scenic river evaluations?

Providing your input:

The release of the proposed action initiates the formal 60-day scoping period under the provisions of the NEPA. We value your input and encourage you to submit your comments as we modify the proposed action, develop alternatives for environmental analysis, and prepare an environmental impact statement. Comments must be received by May 5 (within the 60-day comment period commencing with the publication of the notice of intent in the Federal Register).

The decision to approve the revised forest plan for the Flathead National Forest and the amendment for the Helena, Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests will be subject to the objection process identified in 36 CFR Part 219 Subpart B (219.50 to 219.62).  Only those individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to the Flathead NF plan revision and the four amendments during the opportunities provided for public comment (beginning with this comment period), will be eligible to file an objection (36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 219.53(a)).

Because of the volume and the nature of the comments we expect to receive, we are asking that you organize your comments.  Specific comments or edits are best accommodated by providing your input on the comment form located below.

If your comments are associated with specific areas on a map, you may want to consider using the Talking Points Collaborative Mapping tool.  However, you do not need to use both tools, nor repeat your comments with both tools, to provide comments.

Please provide your input in the following ways:

To download the comment form and Instructions- Click Here

Contact Method

Address

Mail

Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office
Attn: Forest Plan Revision
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Email

flatheadplanrevision@fs.fed.us

Facsimile

(406) 758-5379

Talking Points Collaborative Mapping tool

Click Here

 

 

How to Participate

If you are interested in how the Forest will be managed into the future, we invite you to get engaged. If you have been engaged in the process we encourage you to continue to stay involved. You are invited to attend one of the open houses we have scheduled. At these open houses the planning team will be available to discuss the proposed action, the planning process, to answer your questions, and to solicit your input for the refining the proposed action, including identifying issues related to the proposed action and identifying possible alternatives.

The following community meetings are planned to provide additional information and address questions related to the Flathead NF plan revision and the amendment proposed action:

Date/ Time

Community

Location

March 17, 5:30-7:30 pm

Kalispell

Flathead NF Supervisors Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell MT 59901

March 19, 5:30-7:30 pm

Eureka

Riverstone Family Lodge, 6370 US Hwy 93N, Eureka, MT 59917

April 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake Community Center, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

April 8, 5:30-7:30 pm

Missoula*

Fort Missoula Pavilion, Missoula, MT 59804

April 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

Superior*

Superior Ranger Station Conference Room, Superior, MT 59872

April 14, 5:30-7:30 pm

Lincoln*

Lincoln Community Hall, 404 Main St., Lincoln, MT 59639

April 15, 5:30-7:30 pm

Choteau*

Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Main Ave. North, Choteau, MT 59422

*Primary focus  is NCDE Grizzly Bear Amendment

 

Forest Plan Revision Schedule

Key Deliverables/Activities

Proposed Date

Assessment

Completed April 2014

Draft Proposed Action

Completed March 6, 2015

60-day Scoping Period

March 6 – May 5, 2015

DEIS and 90-day comment period

January 2016 (late Jan-April)

FEIS & Draft ROD

December 2016

FEIS & Final ROD

June 2017

The Flathead NF is currently in the 60 day scoping period phase.  The plan revision process is dynamic and the timeline above is only an estimate and subject to change. 

 

Other Documentation

Forest Plan Revision Collaboration, Communication, and Conversations

Click Here for geospatial data related to forest plan revision.

Part 1 of the assessment

Part 2 of the assessment

 

News Releases

News Release- Mar 5, 2015- Proposed Action

News Release- Mar 5, 2015- NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy Amendments

News Release - April 30 - Condon Open House on Forest Plan Revision

News Release - February 14 - Forest-wide Desired Condition Meetings

News Release - November 18 - Orientation Meeting 

Notice of Initiation - Published in the Federal Register on November 4

News Release - September 18 - Open House to Focus on Flathead National Forest Assessment

News Release - September 5th

News Release - August 20

News Release - July 19th

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Krueger, Forest Planner, Flathead National Forest, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, Montana 59901, (406) 758-5243, or at flatheadplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

 

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