Northwest Forest Plan

Streaming water flows through rocks and trees.

The Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) is a landscape approach to public land management designed to protect threatened and endangered species in late successional and old-growth habitats, while also contributing to social and economic sustainability in the region.

The NWFP was completed in 1994 and amended 19 National Forest and 7 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource management plans. These plans provide guidance for how public lands and resources will be managed for a period of time, usually 10-15 years.

The NWFP initiated a new approach to public land management, encompassing 24 million acres of land across California, Oregon and Washington. In California, the Plan amended land and resource management plans for the Klamath, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests. For an idea of the scope of this effort, check out this map.

Resources and Information

To learn more about forest planning efforts, including recent products developed as part of this effort, please visit the following websites:

For additional information, please access the Northwest Forest Plan website of the Pacific Northwest Region.