Forest Plan Revision

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The Forest Service has published the revised Land Management Plan (revised Forest Plan) for the Colville National Forest.  The revised Forest Plan is supported by a Final Environmental Impact Statement. The draft Record of Decision and other supporting documents are available on this website.

Letter from the Regional Forester (PDF)

News Release Draft ROD & FEIS (PDF)

The purpose of the revised Forest Plan is to provide an updated framework to guide the management of approximately 1.1 million acres of National Forest System lands in northeastern Washington.  The revised Forest Plan replaces the existing 1988 Plan, addressing changes in local economic, social, and environmental conditions over the past 30 years.  

The revised Forest Plan honors the time and energy invested by diverse interests since 2004. For example, the Forest Service received 926 letters containing over 2,000 comments regarding the draft EIS in 2016. In response to substantive formal comments, and following further public engagement in 2016-17, the Forest Service modified the preferred alternative (alternative P) to better reflect public input on recommended wilderness, livestock grazing, and recreation.

 Objections Process Information

Now that the Forest Service has published the draft Record of Decision, final EIS, and revised Forest Plan, the next step is the objection process. The 60-day objection-filing period officially begins on the day after the Forest Service publishes its legal notice in The Seattle Times, which is the newspaper of record for Regional Forester decisions in the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service in the state of Washington.

Click here to see a copy of The Seattle Times Legal Notice

Click here to see copy of Statesman Examiner courtesy Legal Notice

Click here to see copy of Newport Miner courtesy Legal Notice

Federal Register Notice of ObjectionClick here for detailed instructions on the Colville Revised Forest Plan objections process, eligibility requirements, and how to file an objection, including Washington, D.C. mail and email addresses.

  • Objections must be sent to the Washington, D.C.-based Objection Reviewing Officer at one of the addresses provided in this Federal Register Notice of Objection
  • It is the responsibility of objectors or interested persons to demonstrate their standing on specific issues based on previously submitted substantive formal comments provided during the formal scoping period (June 30-August 20, 2011) or the formal comment period (February 19-July 5, 2016)(2016 comment letters are available here.)

Documents

A list of libraries and Forest Service offices where paper copies of the planning documents are available for on-site reference. If online or reading room are not convenient, please contact the Colville National Forest at 509-684-7000 for a paper copy.

Click here for a list of public locations where paper copies are available to view

To read the following documents, please click on the titles below.

Draft Record of Decision

Draft Record of Decision (PDF)

 


Revised Land Management Plan

Land Management Plan (PDF)

 


Final Environmental Impact Statement

Volume 1: Summary, Chapters 1, 2, and 3-part 1 (PDF)

Volume 2: Chapter 3-part 2 (PDF)

Volume 3: Appendices (PDF)

 

 

Maps

Selected Alternative (Alternative P)

No Action Alternative

Proposed Action Alternative

Alternative B

Alternative O

Alternative R

2018 Map Packet

To view these maps in an interactive GIS Map, click here

To access specific geospatial files please click here. 


Additional supporting documents and information

Biological Opinion - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PDF)

Biological Assessment for Endangered Species Act Consultation (PDF)

Analysis of the Management Situation (2018) (PDF)

Resource Specialist Reports 

Responses to comments from US Environmental Protection Agency

Responses to comments from Washington Department of Ecology

Responses to comments from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


To view previous planning documents and information on archived web pages, click here.