Land & Resources Management

This section includes forest planning, current projects, information about resource management, and available geospatial data.

Here is how we organized our information.

  • Planning: Generally it is planning at a broad scale, either at the Regional, Forest, or Landscape (Watershed) level. Assessments identify existing condition, risks, opportunities, and desired future condition. The end product does not require a NEPA decision, but is information that feeds into Project analysis. The Eldorado National  Forest's Land Management Plan, completed in 1989, establishes the primary management direction for the entire forest, providing a framework for what we do and where we do it. All other plans tier to the Forest Plan.
  • Projects: Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (Environmental Impact Statement - EIS, Environmental Assessment - EA, or Categorical Exclusion - CE) that involve analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and result in a NEPA decision (Record of Decision - ROD, Decision Notice - DN, or a Decision Memo - DM) which is subject to an administrative appeals process, and ultimately is implemented on the ground.
  • Resources Management: The Forest Service manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife. Check out this section for information about how these resources are managed on the the Eldorado National Forest.