The Inyo National Forest is located in the south center part of California.
Where is this Forest?



Travel Analysis Process

The Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule and requires that forests provide a safe, financially, and environmentally sustainable road system that can realistically be maintained.
Link to Travel Analysis Process.

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.

A visit to the Pacific Southwest Region's (Region5) planning page has an excellent collection of information and materials about where we currently are in the planning process.  

For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or

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...