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

Public Participation

The next round of forest plan revision community workshops focusing on desired forest conditions is posted below.  The objectives of the workshops are to: 1) Provide information on the forest plan revision process and an update on what the Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests have accomplished to date, 2) Solicit public input and feedback on “desired conditions” for the forest and its resources and 3) Provide information about how to stay involved throughout the planning process.

Draft Desired Conditions(updated 10/2015)







November 2, 2015

5 – 8 pm

Lincoln Community Center

Great Falls

November 4, 2015

5 – 8 pm

C.M. Russell High School


November 5, 2015

9 am – 12 pm

Blackfeet Community College
Red Fox 102


November 5, 2015

5 – 8 pm

Stage Stop Inn


November 6, 2015

9 am – 12 pm

Augusta Youth Center


November 17, 2015

5 – 8 pm

Townsend Library

White Sulphur Springs 

November 18, 2015

9 am – 12 pm

WSS Community Training Center


November 18, 2015

5 – 8 pm

Harlowton Library


November 19, 2015

5 – 8 pm

MACO conf. room


November 20, 2015

12 – 3 pm

Stanford City Hall

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.

Keep Informed

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