Land & Resources Management

National Forests were established to provide watershed protection and sustainable multiple forest resources for the nation. Resource management encompasses the many natural resources that, when brought together, comprise the whole ecosystem on the Forests. 


Forest Plans

Land and resource management requires the development of a Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan), a document which sets the broad framework for activities on the Forest. The Forest Plans are strategic in nature, with an emphasis on ecological, social, and economic sustainability over the long-term. Forest Plans are reviewed continuously and revised approximately every fifteen years. Management of the Green Mountain National Forest and Finger Lakes National Forest is guided by their respective Forest Plans, which were most recently revised in 2006. 


Many projects are carried out annually to implement Forest Plan direction that improve fish and wildlife habitat, maintain recreation opportunities, demonstrate sound forest management practices, restore water and soil, protect heritage sites, and generally "care for the land and serve people." Public input is included in proposing these activities through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. We invite you to stay informed and involved as we move ahead with site-specific project planning under the direction of our 2006 Forest Plans.


Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation help determine how well Forest Plan direction is being met, how resources are changing, and whether changes to the Forest Plan are needed.

Travel Analysis

In December 2016 the Forest Service released the Travel Analysis Report that analyze the existing roads systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable road system.


Comprehensive Trail Strategy

The Forest-wide Comprehensive Trail Strategy provides guidance and recommendations for the sustainable management of non-motorized and motorized trails across the Green Mountain National Forest.