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 fifteen years. The White Mountain National Forest completed its most recent Forest Plan revision in 2005.
Monitoring and evaluation help determine how well Forest Plan direction is being met, how resources are changing, and whether changes to the Forest Plan are needed.
Many projects are carried out annually 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 proposing these activities through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process.
Resource management encompasses the many natural resources 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.
Spatial data is used extensively on the White Mountain National Forest in project planning, analysis, implementation, and monitoring.
Transportation Analysis Process Subpart A: The Road Study
The U.S. Forest Service recently reviewed 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,” was part of the implementation of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212. The Subpart A process was documented in a road study report that identified 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. Currently, this road analysis is being reviewed and then will be made available. This web site will continue to be updated with any new information.