Publication of the Revised Blue Mountains Forest Plans

The Forest Service has published the revised Land Management Plans (revised Forest Plans) for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.  The revised Forest Plans are supported by a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a draft Record of Decision, and other supporting documents that are available on this website. The purpose of the revised Forest Plans is to provide an updated framework to guide the management of approximately 5.5 million acres of National Forest System lands in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.  The revised Forest Plans replace the existing 1990 Plans, addressing changes in local economic, social, and environmental conditions over the past 28 years.  

The revised Forest Plans:

  • Honor the many years that diverse interests have invested in this process since 2004 – reflecting vital input from the public, local governments, states, tribes, federal agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent a Forest Service commitment to promote rural prosperity and well-being, treat fire-prone areas, provide forest access, and promote healthier watersheds. 
  • Support the Forest Service mission "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

 

Recent public notices:

Forest Supervisors' Open Letter (PDF)

Objection Process Brochure (PDF):  Frequently asked questions and answers about the objection process -- Who can object? Who am I filing my objection with? When and how do I file an objection? What must my objection contain? Is there a chance my objection will be rejected? What happens to my objection once I send it in?

Federal Register Notice of ObjectionClick here for detailed instructions on how to file an objection, including Washington, D.C. mail and email addresses.

  • Objections must be sent to the Washington, D.C.-based Objection Reviewing Officer at one of the addresses provided in this Federal Register Notice of Objection.  Any objections submitted to addresses other than those listed in the Federal Register Notice (e.g., local Forest Service offices) cannot be processed on behalf of individuals or entities.
  • It is the responsibility of objectors or interested persons to demonstrate their standing on specific issues based on previously submitted substantive formal comments provided during the 2010 formal scoping period and/or the 2014 formal comment period.
  • The date range for the 2010 formal scoping period was March 29 - May 25, 2010.  The date range for the 2014 formal comment period was March 14 - August 15, 2014.  (2014 comment letters are available here.)

Updated list of libraries and other public locations where paper copies of the planning documents are available for on-site reference. Learn why we're providing online documents and public-reference copies instead of individual paper copies.

News Release (PDF)

Newsletter (PDF): Overview of the objection process.

Legal Notice in the newspaper of record (PDF) The 60-day objection-filing period began on June 30, 2018 and is scheduled to conclude August 28, 2018 in accordance with 36 CFR 219.56.

Documents

To read the following documents, please click on the titles below.

Draft Record of Decision

Letter from the Regional Forester - June 26, 2018 (PDF)  
Draft Record of Decision for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests Revised Land Management Plans (PDF) ROD Cover Image

 

Revised Forest Plans / Revised Land Management Plans

Malheur National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Malheur LMP Cover Art
Umatilla National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Umatilla LMP Cover Art
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest -  Land Management Plan (PDF) Wallowa-Whitman LMP Cover Art
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest - Land Management Plan - Appendix E - Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Comprehensive Management Plan (PDF)  

 

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Summary (PDF)
Volume 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3-part 1 (PDF)
Volume 2: Chapter 3-part 2 (PDF)
Volume 3: Chapter 4-Glossary & References (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix A-F (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Malheur National Forest (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Umatilla National Forest (PDF)
Volume 4: Appendix G-Maps Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (PDF)

 

Additional supporting documents and information

Biological Opinion - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PDF)
Biological Opinion - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PDF)
Biological Assessment for Endangered Species Act Consultation (ZIP)
Current Management Situation (2004) (PDF)

 

Interactive Web Maps (ArcGIS Online) 

Interactive Storymap

 

To view previous planning documents and information on archived web pages, click here.