Revised Assessment Reports

While guiding the overall forest plan revision process, the 2012 Planning Rule also specifies which resources and activities must be considered for the Assessment Reports. These requirements, as well as the GMUG revised draft Assessment Reports that address each requisite subject, are outlined in the table below. While these are separate documents, as evident by this table, it is important to remember that no resource, use, or issue stands alone. Rather, they are all interrelated and must be considered in an integrated way as we move forward to develop plan components in plan development.

Please check out our guide to reading these documents to acquaint yourself with their format and context within the larger plan revision process.

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Assessment Topics Required by the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219.6(b))

Corresponding GMUG Assessment Report(s)

  1. Terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, and watersheds


  1. Air, soil, and water resources and quality
  1. System drivers, including dominant ecological processes, disturbance regimes, and stressors, such as natural succession, wildland fire, invasive species, and climate change; and the ability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems on the plan area to adapt to change
  1. Baseline assessment of carbon stocks
  1. Threatened, endangered, proposed and candidate species, and potential species of conservation concern present in the plan area


  1. Social, cultural, and economic conditions
  2. Benefits people obtain from the NFS planning area (ecosystem services)
  3. Multiple uses and their contributions to local, regional,  and national economies
  1. Recreation settings, opportunities and access, and scenic character
  1. Renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources
  1. Infrastructure, such as recreational facilities and transportation and utility corridors
  1. Areas of Tribal importance
  1. Cultural and historic resources and uses
  1. Land status and ownership, use, and access patterns
  1. Existing designated areas located in the plan area including wilderness and wild and scenic rivers and potential need and opportunity for additional designated areas

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