The Inyo National Forest is located in the south center part of California.
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Forest Plan Revision

The Inyo National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP or Forest Plan) was completed in 1988, and has been amended multiple times since then.  The LRMP provides broad, multiple resource management direction to guide the management of forest resources over the 10-15 year planning period.

The Inyo National Forest is one of three National Forests in California revising its Forest Plan using the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule. The forest expects to complete plan revision over a three-year time period, starting in February of 2013.  In the first year, the forest will prepare an assessment of forest resource conditions and trends, including social and economic conditions; terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and recreation opportunities and access.  After completing the assessment, the forest will develop a revised plan and evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed plan as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.  The public, Federal and State agencies, local governments, tribes, and scientists, and others will all be invited to participate in the plan revision process.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region has released the final assessments for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests, the Bio-regional assessment, and a preliminary Need to Change document. The public is invited to provide feedback on the Need to Change document, which will drive how the Forest Service revises its management plans. More information and the forest assessments, Bio-regional assessment, and the preliminary Need to Change can be found on-line at:

Get Involved in Forest Plan Revision!

The U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region will host a series of public workshops for forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. A Notice of Intent, which marks the beginning of the formal public scoping period, has been postponed. 

These workshops follow those the Forest Service hosted in January. At those workshops, the public provided feedback on the Forest Service’s preliminary Need to Change, Draft Roles and Contributions, and example Desired Conditions.

“The public and our partners asked for more time to understand and engage with us on the Need to Change and we listened,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “We are committed to ensuring that the public remains engaged as we move forward with revising these three forest plans.”

Workshop scheduled in Bishop:
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Cerro Coso Community College, Eastern Sierra College Center
4090 W. Line Street, Bishop, CA

The workshop will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. with presentations by Forest Service staff. The public will have time to visit topic-specific stations and to talk with Forest Service staff. Additionally, the public is invited to bring an 8 ½ x 11 inch copy of a photo depicting Forest Service lands they have strong feelings about. This photo may be recent or historic. Photos will be shared at the “Desired Conditions” station and the public should be able to answer the following questions regarding their photos:

  1. Where was the photo taken?
  2. When was the photo taken?
  3. What do you like about this place?
  4. Does this picture need to change? If so, how and when should this happen?

For information about all scheduled public meetings and workshops, click here.  

Want to subscribe to email updates? Look for Get Connected on the right side of the plan revision page and click "Subscribe to Email Updates".
Contact Public Affairs Officer, Deb Schweizer at or (760) 873-2427to get on the forest plan revision notification list.

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Our Forest Place

Individuals interested in forests and land management in California are invited to join this online community where they can blog, get involved in discussion forums, share data, post videos, or be part of an interest group.

Science Synthesis Report

Forest Service scientists at the Pacific Southwest Research Station developed a series of science syntheses on landscape-scale issues common to Sierra Nevada forests. These issues include topics such as fire ecology, aquatic conservation and meadow restoration, wildlife conservation strategies, biomass utilization, and others. Completed in January 2013, the Science Synthesis Report will be used to support the Forest Plan revision process.

Bio-Regional Assessment

The Bio-Regional Assessment is a synthesis of large scale information on resource conditions and trends for five key themes: Water Quantity and Quality, Fire Resilience, Sustainable Recreation, Ecological Integrity and Community Resilience. The Assessment area includes ten national forests.

Sierra Cascade Dialog Sessions

Region 5 of the Forest Service is hosting an ongoing series of dialogue sessions in Sacramento to discuss a range of critical issues that affect national forests in the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades. These sessions are viewed via video conference in Bishop, CA by the Inyo National Forest. 


Forest Plan

 1988 Inyo National Forest Management Plan

Completed in 1988, the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP or Forest Plan) provides direction for management activities on the Inyo National Forest.  The Forest Plan guides where and under what conditions an activity or project on national forest lands can generally proceed.  Specific project or activity proposals are analyzed separately, following National Environmental Policy Act procedures.  See the Projects page for more information about proposed activities on the Inyo National Forest.

The Land and Resources Management Plan has been amended several times since it was completed in 1988.  Some of the amendments still in effects are listed below.
South Sierra Wilderness Management Plan (1991)
Motor Vehicle Direction (1993)
Wild and Scenic River Management Plan:  North and South Forks of the Kern (1994)
Forest-wide Range Utilization Standards (1995)
Management Direction for the Ansel Adams, John Muir, and Dinky Lakes Wildernesses (2001 )
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (2004) and Management Indicator Species Amendment (2007)


Monitoring and Evaluation

The 1988 LRMP, as amended, includes monitoring of more than 20 broad resource categories ranging from air quality to wilderness (LRMP Chapter V; Monitoring Strategy for the 2004 SNFPA in Appendix E of the 2001 SNFPA FEIS). As stated in the 1988 LRMP (pg. V-1), “the purpose of monitoring is to assess the success of Plan implementation and determine whether the Plan needs to be amended or whether management activities need to be revised.” 

In addition to monitoring, the LRMP requires evaluation of results. Evaluation is the analysis and interpretation of monitoring data to determine whether changes in the LRMP or in project implementation are necessary. Together, monitoring and evaluation ensure that the Plan remains a dynamic and responsible tool for managing the Forest’s land and resources in a changing social and economic climate.

Fiscal Years 2008-2009 Monitoring and Evaluation Report

Fiscal Year 2007 Monitoring and Evaluation Report

Fiscal Year 2006 Monitoring and Evaluation Report

Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Monitoring and Evaluation Report



Final Wilderness Plan and EIS

2001 Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Impact Impact Statement for John Muir, Ansel Adams and Dinkey Lakes Wildernesses...