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.

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.

October 20, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service announces a series of public meetings for Forest Plan Revision for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.  The meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • 6:00-8:00pm - Monday, November 17, Sierra National Forest, Holiday Inn, 5090 East Clinton Way, Fresno, CA
  • 6:00-8:00pm - Tuesday, November 18, Sequoia National Forest, Supervisor’s Office, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA
  • 6:00-8:00pm - Thursday, November 20, Inyo National Forest, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Tallman Pavilion, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA

These “open house” styled meetings are primarily informational to share the issues and concerns the agency heard during the recently completed scoping phase.  The meetings are an opportunity for the public to hear discussion how those issues and concerns are being used to frame a preliminary range of alternatives.  There is no formal comment period associated with these meetings.  As always, the Forest Service welcomes opportunities for thoughtful dialogue.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.

In September, the Forest Service announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests.

The final EIS will result in three separate plans with three Records of Decision following the revised forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.

There will be an opportunity for formal comment when the draft EIS (DEIS) is released. The Forest Service expects to publish a “Notice of Availability of DEIS” in April 2015, which begins a 90-day public comment period.

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

Forest Plan Revision Public Review and Outreach 

May/ June 2013 Meetings Presentation Power Point

March 2013 Meetings Presentation Power Point

November 2012 Workshop Presentation Power Point

Related News Releases

October 20, 2014 USFS series of public meetings for Forest Plan Revision, news release

May 15, 2014, USFS Pacific Southewest Region Reschedules Workshops on Forest Plan Revisions, news release

March 27, 2014, USFS Pacific Southwest Region Postpones Public Meetings on Forest Plan Revisions,  news release

March 12, 2014 USFS Pacific Southwest Region Hosts Public Meetings on Forest Plan Revisions, news release

September 10, 2013 Forest Service Announces Streamlined Planning Process, news release

May 7, 2013  Open Houses for Forest Plan Revision, news release  

March 24, 2013 Forest Plan Revision Workshop, news release

February 15, 2012 Start of Forest Plan Revision, news release

News Archive

Get Involved in Forest Plan Revision!

Collaboration & Communication Plan

The Inyo National Forest worked with the Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University Sacramento, to develop meaningful involvement strategies for the public. The resulting document will guide the forest's communication and outreach efforts.

After interviewing Inyo National Forest stakeholders about collaboration in Forest Plan Revision the Center for Collaborative Policy provided the following suggestions: Summary of Findings.

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.

Final Sierra Nevada 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...