Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests Plan Revision

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The Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests have begun revising their 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. If you have questions regarding the below documents,  please send an email to hlcplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

New Information

  • Forest-wide Assessment
  • Premliminary Need to Change
  • Upcoming Community Conversations

    Everyone interested in planning for the future of the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests is invited to attend upcoming Community Conversations on Forest Plan Revision.  The purposes of these meetings are 1) to inform and update participants about the Forest Plan revision process and 2) get people talking about preliminary “needs to change” from existing forest guidance and management practices.

    We are asking participants to please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly, although it is not required.  You may do so by calling Ashley Hunting at 406-495-3712.

POSTPONED: The Lincoln community meeting originally planned for tonight has been rescheduled to Wednesday, September 2nd at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Our focus in Lincoln remains suppression of the Sucker Creek Fire and informing the community about those fire operations; so we have rescheduled our Forest Plan Revision community workshop until September 2nd. In the meantime, you can read through the Forest Plan Assessment and/or the Need for Change documents, both of which are posted online for your convenience.  Thank you for your understanding of this last-minute schedule change, we look forward to seeing you on Sept. 2nd. 

Here is the schedule for the upcoming community conversations on the need to change:







August 10, 2015

6-9 pm

Stanford City Hall
102 Central Ave


Great Falls

August 11, 2015

5-8 pm

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
4201 Giant Springs Road



August 12, 2015

5-8 pm

Blackfeet Community College
Beaver Painted Lodge Building
504 SE Boundary Street



August 13, 2015

5-8 pm

Stage Stop Inn
1005 Main Ave N



August 14, 2015

9-11 am

Augusta Youth Center
132 Main St


White Sulphur Springs

August 17, 2015

5 - 8 pm

WSS District office
204 W Folsom



August 17, 2015

5 - 8 pm

Musselshell Ranger District
809 2nd Street NW



August 18, 2015

5 - 8 pm

Townsend Library
201 N Spruce St



August 19, 2015

5 - 8 pm

MACO conf. room
2715 Skyway Dr



September 2, 2015

5 - 8 pm

Lincoln Community Center
404 Main Street



Public Participation

Process and Timeframe


Since the release of the 1986 Helena and Lewis & Clark Forest Land and Management Plans, the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests’ natural resources and the communities surrounding the Forests have changed and new information and technologies are now available to help us analyze and plan on how to best manage the Forests 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 Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests are committed to collaboration, improving transparency in the process, and strengthening the role of public involvement through dialogue on Forest plan issues.

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: hlcplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

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