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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to study the risks and benefits for visitors and the environment associated with the road system on the White Mountain National Forest. The analysis, referred to as “Subpart A,” is part of the implementation of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212. The Subpart A process will be documented in a road study report which will identify opportunities to adjust our road system so that it considers access for public and forest management activities, minimizes environmental impacts, and can be maintained within budget constraints.