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.

Northeastern California Plateaus Bioregion Science Synthesis

Northeastern California Plateaus Bioregion Science SynthesisThe Northeastern California Plateaus Science Synthesis compiles the best available science from the past thirty years, and was developed by Rocky Mountain and Pacific Southwest Research Station scientists. The Synthesis reviews over 800 scientific papers on the ecology, status and trends, and socioeconomic issues across this region, comprised of dry pine forests, sagebrush and other unique habitats. Together with two previous science syntheses that cover the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades and the Northwest Forest Plan area, the Forest Service and its partners now have available a strong scientific foundation to inform future land management planning and resource management.

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 Modernization website of the Pacific Northwest Region.