Land & Resources Management

This section includes information about forest planning, current projects, resource management, and available geospatial data. A few select hot topics are also listed below. There are three levels of analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. They include categorical exclusion, environmental assessment, and environmental impact statement. Learn more about Forest Service NEPA Procedures and Guidance, find a graphic illustrating the NEPA process and a Citizen’s Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) available from the Council on Environmental Quality


A scene from the recreation trails meeting in Dalton, GA, 2/15/2011


Generally we begin managing the national forest by planning at a broad scale, either at the Regional, Forest, or Landscape (Watershed) level. This may include assessments identify existing conditions, risks, opportunities, and desired future conditions.

The The Land and Resource Management Plan is the long-term plan that guides our work as we strive to improve and maintain the health of our national forests in Georgia. All other plans and projects tier to the Forest Plan. The project-level planning process may not always require a NEPA decision, but develops information that feeds into project analysis.

Brown and yellow sign shows partners in the Flat Branch Habitat Improvement Project


Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process and results in a decision, which is then implemented on the ground. Projects that are "Developing Proposal" or "Under Analysis" may have an opportunity for public collaboration and input on the proposed actions and the analysis being conducted.

RCW habitat on Oconee

Resource Management

The Forest Service manages the lands and resources of the National Forest System through programs that implement approved projects, including:

Fish, Wildlife & Plants | Water & Soils | Recreation, Heritage, Wilderness, Engineering, & Lands | Fire Management | Vegetation & Forest Management | Shared Stewardship
GPSing a trail

GIS Data

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data is available to download. Data is available in ESRI (shapefile) and Google Earth (kml) formats. This data is used to develop Maps & Publications available to the public.

Hot Topics

Prescribed Fires

The U.S. Forest Service uses prescribed fire as a management tool on National Forest System lands.  When burns occur an alert will be posted on Facebook and Twitter the day of the burn for recreation areas located near the burn where visitors may smell or see smoke.  For more information on Prescribed Fire visit:


Travel Management

Travel Analysis Report Now Available

Thank you to all who contributed to the forest-wide road study also known as the Travel Analysis Process.  The Forest Service has released all the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze the existing National Forest road system and identifies opportunities to achieve a more ecologically and economically sustainable road system for each National Forest and Grassland.

These reports are part of a nationwide requirement and are not decision documents—instead, they provide an analysis of the road system as it exists today.  All future proposed actions and decisions will allow for further opportunities for public input and engagement at the project-level under National Environmental Policy Act processes.

If you have a specific question on a road, trail, or area you may contact the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests at (770-297-3000) or by email.

Travel Analysis Report Documents

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests TAR



"Thinking Like a Landscape"