Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest Plan Revision

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The Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest has 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

The forest plan revision team is currently through over 1500 comments received from the last round of community workshops.  Additionally, the team is drafting the proposed action (draft forest plan), scheduled to be released for public review in the fall of this year.

Public Participation

Previous community conversations on forest resources management areas

The revision team recently released the results of two processes required as part of revision: 1) identification of lands that may be suited for timber production; and 2) the wilderness inventory. Both of these inventories represent the first step in a multi-step process that will eventually help inform a draft forest plan. Not all lands identified in these inventories will move forward through the process for further consideration and no decisions have been made on either process.

Other Revision Materials

Process and Timeframe


Since the release of the 1986 Helena and Lewis & Clark Forest Land and Management Plans, the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest 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 Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest is 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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