Each national forest and grassland is governed by a Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). Forest Plans set desired conditions, standards, and guidelines for management, protection and use of the Forest. Monitoring conditions on the Forest ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction, and determines effects that might require a change in the Forest Plan.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests Land Management Plan was adopted in 1987. The forests are currently in the process of revising this forest plan to incorporate changed conditions, best available science, and new public issues.
National Forest and Resource Management Planning is performed in compliance with a number of legal mandates. Two important laws related to National Forest planning are the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (RPA) and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA) which amended RPA. The specific rules that govern the forest planning process are published in the Code of Federal Regulations.
REVISED FOREST PLAN DOCUMENTS NOW AVAILABLE
The draft Record of Decision, revised Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are now available. Documents have been mailed to those who commented or are on our mailing list. Documents are available online (link below). Hard copy or DVDs of the documents may be obtained from Idaho Panhandle National Forest offices or by calling 208-465-7478.
Select here for documents and map.
If you commented on the draft Forest Plan and Draft EIS, responses to your substantive comments may be found in Appendix G of the FEIS.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are using a Pre-decisional Administrative Review Process, also known as an “Objection Process.” The Objection Filing Period for the revised plan began September 28 and ended November 26, 2013. For a list of objections received and information on becoming an "interested person" for any of the objections received please visit the IPNF Revised Forest Plan - Objections Received webpage.
For an overview of the entire Objection Process, please visit the IPNF Revised Forest Plan Pre-decisional Administrative Review webpage.
Forest Plan Revision is a complex process, including public involvement and collaboration with many groups and agencies. The Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle Plan Revision Zone (KIPZ) web page contains detailed information on the Forest Plan Revision Process.
1987 FOREST PLAN
The Idaho Panhandle Forest Plan Record of Decision was signed in September 1987. Since then there have been a number of programmatic amendments to the plan.
The 1987 Forest Plan requires that a Monitoring and Evaluation Report be completed each year. The purpose of this report is to determine how the IPNF is doing in meeting the goals outlined in the Forest Plan. Monitoring reports for the last five years are maintained on this website.
We are revising our Forest Plan in tandem with the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. Forest Plan Revision is a complex process that requires extensive public involvement and collaboration with many groups and agencies. The Kootenai/Idaho Panhandle Zone (KIPZ) Forest Plan Revision web page contains more information including documents, schedules for public meetings, etc.
Persons wanting additional information on forest plan revision should contact:
KIPZ Forest Plan Revision
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83815-8363
Phone: (208) 765-7235