Every National Forest has a Land and Resource Management Plan, referred to as the Forest Plan. The Forest Plan describes desired conditions that may be achievable only over a period longer than the 15 years covered by the plan. Forest Plan objectives contribute to maintenance or achievement of desired conditions. Together, desired conditions and objectives describe what Forest Service managers plan to do and what public benefits are anticipated. Long-term planning of this kind is required by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resource Planning Act of 1974, as amended by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976.

Consistent with the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960, the overall goal of managing the National Forest System is to sustain the multiple uses of its renewable resources in perpetuity while maintaining the long-term productivity of the land. Maintaining or restoring the health of the land enables the National Forest System to provide a sustainable flow of uses, benefits, products, services, and visitor opportunities.

The Forest Plan provides broad guidance and information for project and activity decisions, but is neither a commitment nor a final decision approving projects and activities. Those decisions are made later in site-specific project planning process.

The Daniel Boone National Forest Plan was revised in April 2004. Many documents related to the Daniel Boone National Forest planning process are available online.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The primary purpose of monitoring is to measure progress toward achievement of the desired conditions and objectives established by the Plan. In addition, monitoring provides information to keep the public informed on the performance of the unit.

Throughout the adaptive cycle of planning and site-specific project implementation, the plan is subject to change (including corrections or updates of data or maps; amendments; and revision) based on the results of periodic monitoring and evaluation and new information that becomes available from any source.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Report summarizes the Forest’s latest findings.