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:

Blowdown area.


Generally it is planning at a broad scale, either at the Regional, Forest, or Landscape (Watershed) level. Assessments identify existing conditions, risks, opportunities, and desired future conditions.

The end product does not require a NEPA decision, but is information that feeds into project analysis. The Huron-Manistee Forest Plan 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.

Photo: Project Area.


Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process.Projects are proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process and results in a NEPA 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.

GPSing a trail

GIS Data

Huron-Manistee National Forests Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data is available to download. Data is available in ESRI (shapefile) and Google Earth (kml) formats.


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 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:


Enbridge Decision

  • Final Opinion of the Sixth Circuit Court (pdf)


Travel Management

Thank you to all who contributed to the road study (also known as the Travel Analysis). The Forest Service has released all the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze the existing roads systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable road system for each National Forest and Prairie.  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 involve further opportunities for public input and engagement at the project-level under National Environmental Policy Act processes.