Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest

A collage of forest-related images

The USDA Forest Service is currently revising the 2002 Chugach National Forest Land Management Plan following the requirements of the 2012 National Forest System Planning Rule.

The comment period is closed for the draft land Management Plan and DEIS.

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Public Participation

Thanks to those who participated in our review process by submitting comments and/or attending one of the nine open houses held during the comment period (August 3 – November 1, 2018).  We received over 4,000 comments on our Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  Comments received are processed through the CARA database reading room. To view comments in the reading room click here.

We are now in the process of reviewing and evaluating comments.  Based on our review, we will edit the draft Land Management Plan and DEIS to produce our final Land Management Plan and final environmental impact statement (FEIS), along with a draft Record of Decision.  Responses to the comments will be published in an appendix to the FEIS.

CARA Comment Database Issue Resolution

On October 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. w were notified by the developers of the U.S. Forest Service Comment and Analysis Response Application ( CARA) database that due to a software update, the Chugach National Forest, as well as other forests, experienced some comment submissions appearing incorrectly in the reading room. Thus, commenters checking to confirm the receipt of their comments on or around October 24th to the 26th may not have seen their comments accurately in the reading room (many saw a 2016 letter related to the Sierra, Sequoia, and Inyo National Forests).  

The software problem has been corrected and all comments submitted to date are associated with the Chugach National Forest draft Land Management Plan. If you submitted comments during this timeframe, you can check the reading room for your submission. To view comments in the reading room click here.

Thank you for your patience as we worked with our national office to correct this problem. We value your input and can confirm comments received in the CARA database were never changed or lost in this software update.

NEXT STEPS: Final Land Management Plan and FEIS and Administrative Review (Objection Process)

Public comments will be incorporated into a final EIS (FEIS) and Land Management Plan to be published in 2019.  Publication of the FEIS will begin a 60-day objection period.  Alaska Native Tribes and Corporations who engaged in formal consultation during the planning process, and individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to the plan or plan revision during this 90-day comment period or during previous opportunities to comment (spring 2015 assessment comment period; winter 2015-16 Proposed Revised Plan scoping comment period) may file an objection.  If there are no objections, or after the time allowed for resolution of objections, the Forest Supervisor will sign and publish a Final Record of Decision and the Land Management Plan will be in effect 30 days later.

Interactive Story Maps

a map representing all the maps in the planIn addition to the downloadable maps on this page, you can also view interactive story maps which allow you to easily compare the alternatives and zoom in on a given area of interest.

Reader Information

Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron’s letter and the Reader’s Guide include additional information about the Land Management Plan revision process and information that will help you navigate through the draft documents.

Draft Land Management Plan (Forest Plan)

Draft Land Management Plan Maps

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

The DEIS analyzes four alternatives including alternative A as the no action alternative.

Chugach Land Management Plan DEIS Maps

Previously Released Planning Documents


A summary of what we heard is located in the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan Scoping Report.

2015 Proposed Forest Plan Documents

2015 Proposed Forest Plan Maps

Documents That Support Revision of the 2015 Proposed Forest Plan

The Following Documents Are Related to the Forest Plan Revision Process


2014 Assessment Maps