The Kootenai National Forest is located in the northwestern part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?



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. 

Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Forest Plan Amendment

The Forest Service is amending the land management plans (forest plans) of the Helena, Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy (GBCS) to support a recovered grizzly bear population in the NCDE. More information can be found on the Amendment Proposed Action webpage.  Comments due May 5, 2015 

2015 Forest Plan

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were finalized on January 5, 2015. The final documents are available below. Select here for additional documentation of the revision effort analysis.

  • 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 and errata.
  • If you participated in the Objection Process, your objection and the reviewing officer’s response to objections are located on the Objections to the Revised Forest Plan webpage.

January 6, 2015 News Release

The Federal Register Notice of Plan Approval was published January 15, 2015. The effective date of the plan is February 17, 2015.

Plan Documents

Record of Decision (450 KB PDF)

2015 Forest Plan (5.2 MB PDF) (1/8/15 technical correction)

Final EIS (10.7 MB PDF)


2015 Forest Plan Map (5.3 MB PDF)

2015 Forest Plan Timber Suitability Map (35.8 MB PDF)

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

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 Kootenai is doing in meeting the goals outlined in the Forest Plan. Monitoring reports since 2000 are maintained on this website.

Additional Information

Persons wanting additional information on forest plan revision should contact:

Forest Plan Revision
Attn: Timory Peel
Kootenai National Forest
31374 US Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923-3022
Phone: (406) 293-6211