Man uses bincoulars and alidade to spot fires from lookout tower.

Martis Peak Lookout near Lake Tahoe in 1914

The Land Management Plan or Forest Plan is the principal document that guides the decision making of Forest Service managers.  Forest Plans provide long–range management direction.  The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) is the primary statute governing the administration of national forests.  The planning rule interprets the NFMA and guides the amendment and revision of all land management plans.

Forest Plan Revisions Update


  • Due to agency internal technical errors, our CARA database for accepting Scoping Period comments shutdown prematurely on Monday, September 29.
  • The Forest Service has re-activated the CARA website ( to accept scoping comments period until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Comments can also be submitted by:
    • Email:
    • U.S. mail: Land Management Plan Revision, U.S. Forest Service, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257 (U.S. mail comments must be postmarked by October 3, 2014.)
  • We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this internal technical error may have caused you.

The Notice of Intent (NOI), detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at For earlier information regarding forest plan revision documents and the planning process prior to the release of the NOI and scoping period, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region's planning website at:


Land Management Plan Revision

The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight "early adopter" forests, meaning they are the first to revise their land management plans using the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule. Scoping public workshops are scheduled for September 15, 16 and 18, 2014, for forest plan revisions on these National Forests. On August 29, 2014, the Notice of Intent to file an environmental impact statement and proposed action for the revised forest plans were published in the Federal Register. Please see our August 29, 2014, news release for more information about the September 2014 public workshops and to review the NOI, detailed proposed action, and maps.


Sierra Cascades Dialog Sessions

The intent of these sessions is to hold regular conversations among engaged stakeholders on a range of issues across the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades.

Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Implementation & Monitoring

The Sierra Nevada Framework builds on more than a decade of research and land management planning.


Northwest Forest Plan Monitoring

The Northwest Forest Plan encompasses 24 million acres of federal land managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service.


  • Planning Rule Revision

    In March, 2012, the Forest Service released its final planning rule for land management planning for the National Forest System.

    The complete version of the planning rule, including the preamble and rule text, along with other related materials is available online at the link above.

  • Forest Planning

    Learn more about local planning activities by viewing the "Planning" section on the website for each Pacific Southwest National Forest.

  • Our Forest Place OffSite Link

    Visit this website and join this on-line community.  Here you will find the public meetings schedule, blogs and discussions about forest planning.

  • The Living Assessment OffSite Link

    Visit this site to provide content for the assessment phase.

  • Science Synthesis Link opens in a new window

    A synthesis of relevant science that has become available since the development of the existing LRMPs for the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. This effort was completed by the Pacific Southwest Research Station in January, 2013.