Each national forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a forest or grassland insures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and determines effects that might require change in management. Click on the Planning link above or on the left to access information on the Land Management Plans for the National Forests in North Carolina, plan amendments and monitoring reports.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the environmental effects of a proposed activity on National Forest or other federal lands must first be analyzed, with opportunity for public comment, before a decision is made on whether or not to undertake that activity. Click on the Projects link above or on the left for more information regarding ongoing and recently completed project activities.
New Project Level Objection Process
The Forest Service manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife. Click on the link above or on the left to learn more about how these resources are managed on the National Forests in North Carolina.