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

Public workshops for forest plan revisions on the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests were held June 16, 17, and 19. We shared an updated Need to Change, Need to Change supplement, draft Desired Conditions, wilderness inventory, and other materials. Feedback will be accepted through June 30, 2014. The forest service gave an overview presentation to discuss these documents and the forest plan revision process.

For more information, including presentations and handouts, visit the workshop webpage.


Land Management Plan Revision

The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight “early adopter” forests meaning they are the first to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, completed in 2012. The Forest Service held public workshops June 16, 17 and 19, 2014 for forest plan revisions on these National Forests. We shared an updated Need to Change, Need to Change Supplement, draft Desired Conditions, wilderness inventory and other draft materials.


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.