Assessment Information

Why Revise the Ashley National Forest Plan?

As responsible stewards of the Ashley National Forest, we must adapt management of the Ashley to local communities, to existing social and economic conditions, and to how we use the land and its resources.  It's a different world than it was approximately 30 years ago when the last Forest Plan was finalized. We can benefit from new land management experiences, new scientific information on land management practices, and updated land management laws - as we move forward in the planning process. We will adaptively manage the Ashley National Forest when we complete the Revised Forest Plan.  We will also work collaboratively with our public, stakeholders, and others to ensure the sustainability of the Ashley Natonal Forest - both for your benefit and the benefit of future generations.

Assessment Release

The Assessment report concerning conditions and trends (both current and future) on the Ashley National Forest is complete and was released to the public in October 2017. You can find it below. The first draft of our assessment was released the winter of 2016, and comments were incorporated from our cooperating agencies and the U.S. Forest Service 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. We incorporated the public comments, which resulted in a third draft, the one you see below.  We believe each review and edit made this a better document. We hope you read and refer to the Assessment Report and the associated Technical Reports (and continue helping us) as we have moved to the next step in this process – Plan development. Remember, the Ashley National Forest and its future belong to you, 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



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.