Land & Resources Management

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.  The Hoosier plays an important role in providing multiple uses and multiple products. While visiting you may see management in progress. Some areas are maintained in an open condition, either by bush-hogging or with prescribed fire. In other areas you may see trees being planted, thinned, or harvested.


Forest Plan

Each National Forest and grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a Forest ensure projects are done in accordance with plan direction and determine effects that might require a change in management.  The Hoosier National Forest revised its Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) in 2006. 

Travel Management

The U.S. Forest Service is committed to balancing your needs for access to the National Forests & Prairie with the responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse, and healthy forest/prairie. This section contains the Hoosier National Forest's plans for future road management and addressing concerns about the future sustainability of the National Forest's road system.


Forest Projects

This page includes links and information on projects which implement the Forest Plan. You can track current projects and get involved, or view an archive of many past projects.

Forest Plan Monitoring

Monitoring is a key part of management and the Hoosier National Forest takes this role seriously. Annual reports are completed to ensure the Forest is on track.


Resource Management

Employees hold a small catfish while conduct fish sampling

This section includes information and descriptions of management practices for forest resources such as timber, plants, wildlife, water and more. 

Geospatial Data

The Hoosier National Forest has a broad set of geospatial datasets that capture geographic features across southern Indiana. Here you will find assistance with accessing that data.