Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision

Updated: 21, May 2018
Public Meetings - Get Involved 
Public Reading Room
Proposed Action - Review Documents (release Jan. 3 2018)
Wilderness Status
Wild and Scenic Rivers Status
Frequently Asked Questions
Resources, Original Plans, Background Documents
Final Assessment of Existing Conditions, Specialist Reports

What is a Forest Plan?

A Forest Plan is the comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines for the Custer Gallatin National Forest for years to come.

Involvement in the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan helps to create a vision for the surrounding National Forest System lands for the coming decade.

Forest Plan Revision launched January 2016. 

Public Involvement

Visit our Public Involvement Page for full details on ways to participate in forest plan revision. 

Public meetings will be posted in advance of each phase.  Meeting notes and presentation recordings to follow public meetings.

Visit the Public Reading Room to review feedback received  (feedback recieved via mail/email will be uploaded). 

small group discussion at red lodge public meeting


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Phases of Forest Plan Revision & Schedule

There are three-phases in the revision effort, which is designed to take place over 4 years.  Numerous public engagement opportunities will exist throughout the timeline.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is currently in Phase II of planning.  To learn more about each phase click on the remaining timeline. 

Phase II – Revision (development in 2017)

In this phase, the 1986 and 1987 Forest Plans are revised. The process for revising a plan includes:  preliminary identification of the need to change the plan based on the Phase I Assessment of Existing Conditions, (completed) development of a proposed plan, preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS), consideration of the environmental effects of the proposal, providing an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan, providing an opportunity to object before the proposal is approved, and finally approval of the plan. 

  • Developing the Plan
    • (Completed) Winter/Spring 2017 - Public Meetings Feb - April 2017 - Initial Developing the Plan
    • Internal building of the plan
    • (Completed) Follow-up Public Meetings - September 2017
    • Internal building of the plan
  • Beginning 2018 – Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan and Draft EIS - Release Jan. 3, 2018
    • Proposed Plan Meetings, Ranger-led (Winter 2018)
  • Spring/Summer 2018 - Developing Conceptual Alternatives
  • Fall/Winter 2018 - Review of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
    • Community Meetings
  • Spring 2019 – Notice of Objection Period Prior to Approval of the Preferred Alternative and Final EIS
  • Summer 2019 - Objections Process

Fall 2019 – Decision:  Notice of Plan Approval and Final EIS

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Key Contacts

10 E Babcock (P.O. Box 130)
Bozeman, MT 59715
Public Affairs:  Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan