Comprehensive Management Plan Revision

Nez Perce National Historic Trail Comprehensive Plan Revision (CP)

Plan Revision Process and Timelines | Public Participation | Comment

Completed in response to provisions of the National Trails System Act, the  1990 Comprehensive Plan (CP), has guided the USDA Forest Service in managing the 1,170-mile Nez Perce National Historic Trail (NPNHT) for more than 20 years. Congress authorized the NPNHT in 1986 to commemorate the 1877 Nez Perce War and Flight. The Trail, including associated sites and auto tours, crosses a mix of local, county, state, federal, and tribal jurisdictions and agencies in four Forest Service regions, across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

Why Revise?

Download the Fact Sheet and CP Revision Flyer for more information.

The National Trails System Act of 1968 (NTSA) has been amended several times since the 1990 NPNHT CP was completed.  Within the past decade, two independent interagency reviews of the 1990 NPNHT CP determined the Plan needs to be revised and updated. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document used to revise the CP.  The Chief of the U.S. Forest Service is the deciding official for the EIS.  The following Items must be included in the revised CP:The 1990 CP is obsolete, and no longer serves the needs of the administering agency and its many cooperators. Two interagency reviews of the 1990 NPNHT CP have determined that the Plan needs to be revised.

  • Specify management objectives or practices.
  • Identify significant resources.
  • Incorporate model cooperative agreements.
  • Identify carrying capacity.
  • Include an acquisition plan.
  • Address general or site-specific development plans, with costs.
  • Meaningfully involve the public.

Why now?

The revision is needed because the NPNHT CP is 24 years old.  Current issues did not exist in 1990.  Public interest in the NPNHT has recently increased.  The revision provides an opportunity to increase consistency and cooperation with organizations and individuals.  There is a need to address recent changes to the NPNHT corridor such as energy development, cell towers, urban interface, and new recreation activities not originally addressed in the current CP.

 The 1990 NPNHT CP predated the 1992 Nez Perce National Historical Park (NPNHP) Additions Act.  Congress expanded the NPNHP to encompass key historical sites along the Trail.  These additional sites have not been addressed in the current CP.

A revised CP benefits all federal agencies by providing consistent management direction.  Several tribal governments have expressed interest in participating in the revision process that were not part of the original CP.

A revised CP will similarly complement all federal agency managed Trail segments by clarifying the NPNHT’s relationship to their respective management plans.  For example, the Federal Highway Administration’s America’s Byways program, created in 1990, features state and federally designated scenic motorways.   These byways incorporate or parallel NPNHT auto tour routes, providing an additional avenue for Trail cooperation, promotion, an interpretation among state and local byway coordinators.  Population growth, economic transition, ecotourism, and technology shifts pose added changes to Trail resources to be considered.  The revision will address sensitive NPNHT sites and resources including the increasing need for heritage preservation planning across the NPNHT.

The Trail is administered by the U.S. Forest Service.  The Regional Forester of the Northern Region is the responsible administrative official for day to day administrative operations.  The Chief of the U.S. Forest Service will be the deciding official for the EIS/CP.  The U.S. Forest Service cooperates with the following entities:

Synopsis of Interagency Reviews of the 1990 CP

Who is responsible for the trail CP?

The trail is administered by the Forest Service. The Regional Forester of the Northern Region is the responsible official. The Forest Service cooperates with the following agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Affected Tribes
  • State and Local Government

Who is invited to participate?

All interested stakeholders and communities, for whom the trail represents particular values related to heritage and remembrance.

How can you participate?

A series of public meetings for the NPNHT CP Revision will be held from September – early October 2014.  Specific information for these meetings is published below.  However, we will continue to accept comments as the process continues along for the next two years.

There will be one virtual meeting allowing individuals to participate in the process without having to travel.   This meeting is being held in addition to our normal public comment process in an effort to full reach out to our national consistency for the NPNHT.  This meeting is scheduled for Monday September 29, 2014 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. MDT.  Watch this website for additional information on this meeting coming soon.

Because the NPNHT is a National Historic Trail we invite interested public from across the nation to participate in this process via this website, at any of the scheduled public meetings or by mail.  Please see additional options for submitting comments below

Additional background information for public participation:

High Potential Sites brief
High Potential Sites list
High Potential Route Segments brief
Rights-of-Way brief
Draft Objectives and Practices comment form
Brief Background History for the NPNHT Flyer
Northern Region Briefing Paper

Public Meeting Presentations:

Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail Comprehensive Plan Revision background
Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail Comprehensive Plan Revision overview

Public Participation

We welcome your comments and suggestions during this process. Your participation in the following public meetings is valued. It is important to ensure that the results of the CP process meet expectations by offering quality recreation opportunities in places important to people.

Good public participation and communication is an integral part of the CP revision process.

Nez Perce National Historic Trail managers invite you to work with them to identify how to best administer the Trail.

Meeting Location

Dates

Facility

Flyer

Lolo, MT September 3, 2014,  7-9 p.m. MDT Travelers Rest State Park 6717 US Highway 12 West, Lolo, MT 59847 PDF
Idaho Falls, ID September 8, 2014, 7-9 p.m. MDT Caribou –Targhee National Forest Office and BLM Upper Snake Field Office, 1405 Hollipark Dr., Idaho Falls, ID  83401

PDF

Cody, WY

September 9, 2014, 7-9 p.m. MDT Big Horn Federal Savings 1701 Stampede Ave. Cody, WY 82414

PDF

Billings, MT September 10, 2014, 7-9 p.m. MDT BLM Montana/Dakotas State Office 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101 PDF
Lewistown, MT September 16, 2014, 7-9 p.m. MDT BLM Lewistown Field Office - 920 NE Main St., Lewistown,  MT  59457 PDF
Chinook, MT September 17, 2014, 7-9 p.m. MDT Chinook Motor Inn,  100 Indiana, Chinook, MT 59523 PDF
Kamiah, ID September 22, 2014,  7-9 p.m. PDT Kamiah Emergency Services Bldg. (Fire Hall) 515 Main Street, Kamiah, ID 83536 PDF
Spalding, ID September 23, 2014,  7-9 p.m. PDT Nez Perce National Historical Park, 39063 U.S. Highway 95, Spalding, ID 83540 PDF
Enterprise, OR September 24, 2014,  7-9 p.m. PDT Wallowa Valley Chamber 309 S. River St., Enterprise, OR   97828 PDF
Pendleton, OR September 25, 2014, 7-9 p.m. PDT Umatilla National Forest Headquarters 72510 Coyote Road, Pendleton OR  97801 PDF
Virtual Meeting September 29, 2014,  1-3:30 p.m. MDT See Virtual Meeting below  
Grand Coulee, WA October 9, 2014, 7-9 p.m. PDT Grand Coulee Senior Center,  203 Main Street, Grand Coulee, WA  99113 PDF

From December 2010 to October 2011 Trail staff have held workshops in communities along the entire length of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

This document is a synopsis of comments we have received from the public at these workshops, by mail and via e-mail:  CP Revision Public Comment Synopsis November 30, 2011.

Virtual Meeting

Here are links to view recordings of the CP Revision virtual public meeting.

Click here for a wave file.
Click here for an mpeg4 file.

Key Links to Federal Land Management Agencies

USDA Forest Service

US Forest Service Northern Region
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Bitterroot National Forest
Clearwater National Forest
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Gallatin National Forest
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Lolo National Forest
Nez Perce National Forest
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Shoshone National Forest
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

USDI Bureau of Land Management

Idaho State Office
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Montana/Dakotas State Office
Oregon State Office
Wyoming State Office

USDI National Park Service

Nez Perce National Historical Park
Big Hole National Battlefield
Bear Paw Battlefield
Yellowstone National Park

USDI US Fish and Wildlife Service

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Kooskia National Fish Hatchery

Comment on CP Revision

To submit comments for the Comprehensive Plan Revision, mail the comment form to the address listed on the second page, email it to npnht-CMP-rev@fs.fed.us or use the feedback form. All comments are encouraged. Electronic comments should include the full name and mailing address of the person submitting the comments.



Key Contacts

  • Sandi McFarland, Administrator NPNHT
    Clearwater National Forest
    12730 Hwy 12
    Orofino, Idaho 83544
    (208) 476-8334
    smcfarland01@fs.fed.us
  • Roger Peterson, Public Affairs Specialist
    Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    (406) 329-3540
    rmpeterson@fs.fed.us
  • Julie Molzahn, NPNHT CP Team
    Northern Region (remote from Plains)
    PO Box 429
    408 Clayton
    Plains, MT. 59859
    406-826-4352; Cell: 406-214-2156
    jmolzahn@fs.fed.us