Decisions for managing your national forests occur at two levels. Long-range Forest Plans provide broad, general management direction similar to a county land use plan. Before an actual ground-disturbing project can occur, a more site-specific project plan is completed. Both levels of planning provide opportunities for input from citizens and local communities. Plans and projects are monitored and evaluated so future management can be adapted when we are not getting the results we thought we would or new scientific information becomes available.
Although administratively combined with one Supervisors Office in Roanoke, Virginia, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have two individual Forest Plans. The Jefferson NF (JNF) Forest Plan was revised in 2004 and is available online here. The George Washington NF (GWNF) Forest Plan was revised in 1993 and is currently under a new revision. To view the 1993 GWNF Plan, clickhere. To view the Draft GWNF Plan that was issued for public comment in 2011, click here.