Green Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan)
In February 2006, Regional Forester, Randy Moore, signed the Record of Decision (ROD) formally documenting his selection of an alternative to become the revised Forest Plan for the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF).
The Forest Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents the analysis and effects of alternatives considered for plan revision. The executive summary presents this information in abbreviated form. The EIS appendices include additional information used to analyze effects of the alternatives as well as a summary of public comments received in response to the Draft EIS and Proposed Forest Plan along with the Forest Service response to the comments.
The 2006 Forest Plan will guide the management of the GMNF for the current planning period (2006 to 2021). The Forest Plan is strategic in nature, with an emphasis on ecological, social, and economic sustainability over the long-term. Forest Service staff held a series of collaborative, monthly public meetings during the Forest Plan revision process that helped shape management direction. We invite you to stay informed and involved as we move ahead with site-specific project planning to implement the 2006 Forest Plan.
Manchester Ranger District: Section 1, Vermont Route 103 to Vermont Route 11
Manchester Ranger District: Section 2, Vermont Route 11 to Vermont Route 9
Manchester Ranger District: Section 3, South of Vermont Route 9 to the Vermont/Massachusetts border
Rochester & Middlebury Ranger Districts: Section 1, South of Vermont Route 73
Rochester & Middlebury Ranger Districts: Section 1, S. of Vermont Route 73, Appalachian Trail Corridor
Rochester & Middlebury Ranger Districts: Section 2, North of Vermont Route 73/Long Trail West
Rochester & Middlebury Ranger Districts: Section 3, North of Vermont Route 73/East of Long Trail
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation are required by the National Forest Management Act to determine how well the Forest Plan is being implemented. Chapter 4 (Monitoring and Evaluation Chapter) of the Forest Plan provides the over-arching, strategic questions that must be addressed through monitoring in order to ensure effective Forest Plan implementation.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Guide provides more specific direction to implement the monitoring strategy outlined in the Forest Plan. The 2006 Forest Plan may be amended or revised to adapt to new information and changed conditions identified through monitoring and evaluation efforts. Through this adaptive management approach, the Forest Plan is kept current.
A key requirement of a monitoring strategy is that the public be given timely, accurate information about Forest Plan implementation. This is done through the release of an annual monitoring and evaluation report. The Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report provides a forum for the review of current-year findings.