Planning Background

The National Forests belong to all of us. Every 15-20 years each National Forest develops a forest plan which considers how to best manage the forest while providing for multiple uses. This video encourages the public to participate in this important process.

Latest information

Inyo National Forest releases its revised forest plan, final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision – August 2018.

Northwest Forest Plan: The Science Synthesis has been released. This report provides scientific information for land management planning in western Washington, western Oregon and northern California. - June 2018

Forest Planning

The Land and Resource Management Plan or "Forest Plan" is the principal document that guides the decision making of Forest Service managers. Forest Plans provide long–range management direction for the resources and uses within a national forest.

The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) is the primary statute governing the administration of national forests.

The 2012 Planning Rule interprets the NFMA and guides the amendment and revision of all land management plans.

Learn more about local planning activities by viewing the "Planning" section on the website for each Pacific Southwest National Forest.