Public Involvement Opportunities

National forests are owned by all Americans, and we all have a role to play in how they are managed. The 2012 Planning Rule requires decisionmakers to emphasize and incorporate opportunities for public involvement through every step of the planning process. Although this approach creates a giant responsibility for both the Forest Service and its public, it also presents the public with an important opportunity to help create forest plans that serve the public interest. Our Public Participation Strategy outlines what we've done and what we plan to do to make sure you are a part of our revision process.

How You Can Help Right Now

In September 2019, Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark announced the Salmon-Challis National Forest will evaluate the 1988 Salmon Forest Plan and the 1987 Challis Forest Plan separately. Public participation will be critical as revision continues.

The Forest Plan Revision Team began holding webinar updates earlier this year. The latest webinar focused on the shift in our forest plan revision strategy. You can access the recording of the September 2019 webinar at the following link:

Our next webinar will be announced here when the time and date have been determined. We will also send a notice out to our e-mail distribution list. You can subscribe to receive these notifications at this link.

Our team is excited to share the work we're doing with our stakeholders. If your group would like to learn more about the forest plan revision effort directly from our team members, please contact our Collaboration Specialist Gina Knudson at 208-756-5100.

Past Public Participation Activities

We held two Wilderness Evaluation presentations in Salmon and Challis on Dec. 12 and 13, 2018, respectively. In addition to presenting a prepared slideshow at these events, Team Leader Josh Milligan and Wilderness Process Coordinator Jeff Hunteman fielded questions submitted by those in attendance. The questions and answers were compiled and posted on our Wilderness Inventory & Evaluation page.

The crowd present at the Challis Wilderness Evaluation presentation


November 2018 -- Plan Initiation Workshops

  • Workshops offered in Salmon, Challis, Mackay, and Hailey.
  • Virtual public meeting was offered Dec. 4, 2018.
  • Workshop included discussions of:
    • Management issues and how we can measure progress
    • Management areas approach
    • Unique places, uses and social dynamics
    • The wilderness evaluation process and Salmon-Challis focal areas
    • Wild and Scenic Rivers update
  • Additional feedback was collected and posted in our Public Reading Room.
  • How You Shaped the Assessment is a direct result of the feedback gathered at and after these meetings.

May 2018 -- Species of Conservation Concern Posting and Webinar

November 2017 -- Draft Assessment & Preliminary Needs for Change Release

  • Meetings were held in Challis, Salmon, Mackay, Arco, and Ketchum.
  • Virtual public meeting was offered Nov. 16, 2017.
  • Documents discussed at the meeting can found on the Assessment page.

The crowd gathered for a public meeting in Salmon in November, 2017.

April 2017 -- Concurrent Processes Follow-Up

  • Meetings held in Salmon, the Pahsimeroi Valley, Mackay and Ketchum.
  • Meetings covered the processes that run concurrent to forest plan revision: Wilderness, Wild and Scenic River, and Species of Conservation Concern.
  • Virtual public meeting was also offered May 4, 2017.

Chuck Kempner offers feedback in Salmon, Feb. 13.February 2017 -- Assessment Feedback Meetings

  • Meetings were held in Salmon, Mackay, and Challis.
  • Virtual public meeting was also offered Feb. 23. 
  • Similar public meeting held in Arco April 10
  • Feedback about what questions the assessment should was documented in our April 2017 Newsletter.

Join forces with other stakeholders

Nonprofit partner Salmon Valley Stewardship has formed the Central Idaho Public Lands Collaborative, a group that will work on public lands planning issues both for the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Salmon and Challis Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management. While these are not Forest Service nor BLM sponsored meetings, both agencies appreciate and support these kinds of citizen-driven efforts. For more information about this effort, contact Mindy Crowell at Salmon Valley Stewardship, 208-756-1686 or visit the group's website,

The Lemhi-Custer Grassroots Advisory formed to afford everyone in the general public an opportunity to be heard and to share their thoughts about the Salmon-Challis National Forest Plan Revision and how they would like to see their public lands managed.  For more information about the group, contact Dolores Ivie at