Northwest Forest Plan

Northern Spotted Owl Photograph

The mission of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) is to adopt coordinated management direction for the lands administered by the USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Land Management and to adopt complimentary approaches by other Federal agencies within the range of the northern spotted owl. The management of these public lands must meet dual needs: the need for forest habitat and the need for forest products.

The publication of numerous comprehensive reviews and reports on the status of the northern spotted owl throughout its range present an opportunity to incorporate the most current and best available scientific information into a recovery plan for the species. The recovery plan will address actions needed to recover the northern spotted owl throughout its range and will set specific recovery criteria for delisting. It will also address new threats that have arisen since the owl was listed, including issues such as West Nile virus and the range expansion of the barred owl into traditional spotted owl habitat.

Related Information

  • Northwest Forest Plan - Survey and Manage NEPA Documents (1994 - 2007)- External Link
  • Northwest Forest Plan - Survey and Manage Program- External Link
  • Northwest Forest Plan - Aquatic Conservation Strategy - External Link unavailable
  • 2000 Northwest Forest Plan Accomplishment Report - External Adobe PDF File
  • 1998 Northwest Forest Plan - A Review of Progress - External Adobe PDF File
  • 1997 Northwest Forest Plan - An Ecosystem Management Approach - External Adobe PDF File
  • Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative - External Adobe PDF File
  • Regional Ecosystem Office - Interagency Support for Northwest Forest Plan- External Link
  • The Provincial Times - A Newsletter of Provincial Interagency & Advisory Committee Activities