Planning & Monitoring
Planning requires the development of a Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan), a document which sets the broad framework for activities on the Forest. The Forest Plan establishes a Desired Future Condition, sets Goals and Objectives, and provides Standards and Guidelines. Forest Plans are reviewed continuously and revised approximately every ten to fifteen years. The White Mountain National Forest completed its most recent Forest Plan revision in 2005.
The monitoring process requires regular review and evaluation of Forest management to ensure that we are, indeed, moving toward our Desired Future Condition.
NOTE: We are in the process of migrating our NEPA project documents to a national location where they will be linked to other specific project data. This will provide a central repository of project information. At present, all archived projects (those no longer on the SOPA) will continue to be accessible through the WMNF web pages.
Many projects are carried out annually "on the ground" to improve wildlife habitat, maintain recreation opportunities, demonstrate sound silvicultural practices, and generally "care for the land and serve people." Public input is included in these activities through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. Each new project is first listed on the quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA), then, as additional documents relating to it are completed, they are posted to the national PALS (Projects Appeals and Litigation System) site, which can be accessed from the "Management Projects" page.
Resource management discusses the individual study types that when brought together comprise the whole ecosystem on the Forest. Resource managment includes the projects as discussed above and fulfills the objectives outlined in the Forest Plan.