Black Hills National Forest Plan Revision


Forest Plans (FP) set the overall management direction and guidance at a forest-wide scale. These plans guide the direction of specific projects or activities on the ground. Forest Plans need to be updated periodically due to changed conditions on the land and this is done through a process called Forest Plan Revision.

The Black Hills National Forest is beginning the process of revising its current Plan which was first released in 1983, revised in 1997 and amended in 2006. The revised FP will provide guidance for the implementation of management activities across the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest for the next 15 years.

The Forest Plan Revision process is guided by the 2012 Planning Rule which serves as an opportunity to look at what is working and what may not be working using best available scientific information and meaningful public involvement. 

Rapid Stakeholder Assessment

In preparation for forest plan revision, Black Hills National Forest (BKNF) conducted a rapid stakeholder assessment in the fall of 2020 to understand stakeholder preferences and perspectives regarding key issues, desired outreach methods and venues, and past experiences working with the Forest in the forest plan revision process. The primary objectives were to gain the public’s perspective on past planning revision efforts and opinions about updating older assessment material, discuss priority issues and public values pertaining to the Black Hills National Forest, and garner suggestions to guide the upcoming planning processes in terms of outreach and public meetings.

Forest Plan Revision 101 Webinars

Cooperating Agency Webinars
Tribal Engagement Webinars


Assessment Phase

(Current Phase)

Plan Revision Phase

(Implementation TBD)

Monitoring Phase 

(Implementation TBD)


Questions or comments relating to Forest Plan Revision can be sent to


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Forest Plan and why does it matter?

Why are we revising our Forest Plan?

What is the official status of the Forest Plan for the Black Hills?

How long will the Forest Plan Revision take?

What is the 2012 Planning Rule?

What broad topics will the assessment evaluate?

What are the differences in public participation under the 2012 Planning Rule from the process that led to the previous Plan?

In what general ways can the public participate?

When will the Forest hold public meetings about the Forest Plan Revision?

Should I let my permitees/forest users/special interest group(s)/friends/community groups know about upcoming public meetings, once they are scheduled?

How can I send questions to the Black Hills National Forest about the Forest Plan Revision process?

How can people I know who don't have internet access get updates about the Black Hills Forest Plan Revision? How can I help them get in contact with the Black Hills National Forest?

Key Contacts

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