Assessment Information

Why Revise the Ashley National Forest Plan?

Button that says next steps wilderness evaluationAs responsible stewards of the Ashley National Forest, we must adapt management of the Forest to changing communities and to existing social and economic conditions, as well as to how we use the land and its resources. It's a different world than it was almost 30 years ago when the last Forest Plan was finalized. New scientific information, land management laws, and land management experiences and knowledge are now available for us to benefit from and to consider as we move forward in the planning process. We will adaptively manage under the Revised Forest Plan and work collaboratively with our public, stakeholders, and others to ensure the sustainability of the Forest for the benefit of present and future generations.

Assessment Release

The Assessment report concerning current conditions and trends on the Ashley National Forest is complete and was released to the public in October 2017. You can find it here. The first draft of our assessment was released the winter of 2016 and comments incorporated from our cooperating agencies and USFS Regional Office. The second draft of the assessment was released in July, 2017 and we invited and encouraged the public to review it and submit comments. This has resulted in a third draft – the one you are seeing here, it incorporates public comments and our edits. We believe each review and edit have made this a better document. We hope you read and refer to the Assessment Report and the associated Technical Reports as we move to the next step in this process – Plan development. Remember it’s your Forest and your future so we hope you will stay involved in the Forest Plan Revision process.

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The assessment must address a broad array of ecological, social, economic, and cultural conditions (a list of 15 required topics is found in the 2012 Planning Rule at 36 CFR 219.6(b)).

Assessment Reports

  1. Air, Soil, Water
  2. Aquatics
  3. Carbon Stocks
  4. Cultural Historic
  5. Economic Environment
  6. Energy Mineral Geo
  7. Infrastructure
  8. Insects and Disease
  9. Land Ownership Access Uses
  10. Recreation
  11. Scenery
  12. Socioeconomic
  13. Terrestrial Ecosystems
  14. Tribal Uses
  15. Wildland Fire Baseline

Supporting Documents

  1. Species at Risk Report
  2. Species of Interest Report

Flow chart showing the steps of public participation

Learn more about our “hot topic workshops" on the next step page.


The Forest Plan Revision Library will host documents used throughout the revision process to assist in understanding the steps that have been taken and the products that have been developed.