Planning

Background

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

The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are the three "early adopter" national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service that are revising their Forest Plans using the 2012 Planning Rule. The revision process involves three stages: assessment of forest resource condition and trend, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction.

To officially start the formal NEPA process, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2014, that briefly describes the purpose of and need for action and the proposed action to revise these forest plans.

Scoping comments on the proposed action were submitted to the Forest Service which help to refine the proposed action, identify preliminary issues, and develop alternatives to the proposed action.

Location Summary

Forests: The entire Inyo and Sequoia National Forests, and the Sequoia National Forest lands outside of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Project Documents

The Notice of Intent (NOI), detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters. 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: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR.

Features

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. Public information open houses are scheduled for November 17, 18 and 20, 2014, for forest plan revisions on these National Forests. Please see our October 20, 2014, news release for more information about these November 2014 public open houses.

Spotlights

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.


Highlights

  • 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.