Land & Resources Management

This section includes information about the Hiawatha's forest planning, current projects and forest resource management and programs.

In keeping with the mission Congress has outlined for the National Forests, the Hiawatha National Forest is managed to provide a wide array of uses and products. 

While visiting you may see management in progress. Some areas are maintained in an open condition, often by use of prescribed fire. In some areas you may see trees being planted, thinned, pruned, or harvested.  And in other areas, you will find Congressionally designated Wildernesses, where natural processes are allowed to unfold and solitude is the order of the day.

The Forest provides diverse habitats for the plant and animal species of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Forest management is designed to provide habitats for these species, including endangered species like the Kirtland's Warbler and others.



Recreation Site Assessment

In 2008, Hiawatha National Forest completed its last required, periodic Recreation Site Assessment (then known as Recreation Facility Analysis or RFA). In 2018, we reviewed our recreation sites again, updating our 5-year plan to incorporate new developments in visitation, budget capacity, and maintenance needs.

Transportation Analysis Process Subpart A: The Road Study

Brown sign that says Road Study Ahead

In its "Subpart A" road study, the U.S. Forest Service studied the risks and benefits for visitors and the environment associated with the road system on the Hiawatha National Forest. Released in 2016, the study was part of the implementation of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212. The road study identified a road system that provides access for the public and forest management activities, minimizes environmental impacts, and can be maintained within budget constraints.  To learn more about TAP, click on the blue story title above this text.