Land & Resources Management

A forester working at a Olympic National Forest prairie burn. Fire is an important tool for ecosystem managers.

We collaborate with multiple partners to integrate restoration activities that improve habitat resiliency across the peninsula.

Here is how we organized our land and resource management information online:

Forest Planning

Forest planning documents that guide how the forest is managed are available. The focus is at a broad scale: regional, forest-wide, or landscape (watershed) level.

Current Projects

Find information about specific projects that the Olympic National Forest is evaluating, planning, or actively implementing. Access the Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects documentation. Sign up for project updates and learn how to participate in the NEPA process.

Resource Management

Learn more about how we manage resources with our partners including: watershed restoration and stand management. Timber sale information and documents are available. 

Geospatial Data

Information about available GIS (Geographic Information System) data is available.


Identifying a Sustainable Roads System

Forest Road 30 in Forks, Washington area

We are conducting  an analysis to identify the minimum road system needed on the Forest. Learn more about this process.

Climate Change

Watershed area from above.“Land management has been traditionally based on the precept that future environmental conditions will mirror past conditions. Climate change is turning this notion on its head. We can no longer assume that precipitation will fall in the same amounts and during the same time of year as in the past.

Changes in temperature and precipitation set the stage for a broad range of other changes: from insect outbreaks and fire frequency, to the range and viability of specific species, both plant and animal."

- Excerpt from-  Case Studies - Managing for a Changing Climate on the Olympic National Forest.


Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

The Olympic National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps display National Forest System routes (roads and trails) that are open to motorized travel.

Quick Links

Key Contacts



Bob Metzger
(360) 956-2293


Bill Shelmerdine
(360) 956-2282


Rita Chandler
(360) 956-2390

NEPA/Planning/FOIA request

Greg Wahl - Environmental Coordinator
(360) 956-2375


Nicole  LaGioia  - Developed Recreation
(360) 765 2213

Alex Weinberg - Wilderness & Trails
(360) 765 2228

Forest Health/Timber

Chris Dowling, Siviculturalist
(360) 956-2272

Wildlife, Botany, Invasive Plant & Ecology Program Manager

Karen Holtrop (acting for Susan Piper)
(360) 765-2206