FY02 Monitoring and Evaluation - ANALYSIS OF THE MANAGEMENT SITUATION for the BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST
The AMS looks closely at all of the direction provided by the existing Forest Plans for the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forests and identifies those parts of the Plans that need to change. The report uses information from 10 previous monitoring reports, Five Year Reviews of the Beaverhead (1991) and Deerlodge (1994) Forest Plans, Landscape Analyses, larger scope analyses such as the Interior Columbia River Basin Assessment, Northern Region Overview, other reviews, new information, new policy or direction, and public interaction. It also recognizes trends in direction of national and regional natural resource policies and planning.
The Five Year Reviews identified six areas in the Plans that were not working well: elk habitat, riparian management, ecosystem management (vegetation health, wildlife habitat, natural processes), timber objectives, recreation management, and livestock forage objectives. For these resources, conditions had changed or standards were not being met. (Direction for riparian management was amended in 1997). The AMS described a need to change Forest Plan direction in these areas as well as several others including streams, aquatic species and fire management. The AMS provides a complete discussion of these topics as well as several others to be modified slightly or where evaluation is required by law.