Land & Resources Management

The Forest Service is strongly committed to the management of the National Forests in an environmentally sound manner. The agency's top priority is to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of forest ecosystems for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

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National Environmental Policy Act

NEPA analyses are completed on all activities that could have a physical or biological effect on National Forest lands. There are varying levels of analysis depending on the complexity or type of proposal.

The objectives of NEPA analyses are to:

  • Fully consider the impacts of Forest Service proposed actions on the physical, biological, and economic aspects of the human environment;
  • Involve interested and affected agencies, State and local governments, organizations, and individuals in planning and decision making; and
  • Conduct and document environmental analyses and subsequent decisions appropriately, efficiently and cost effectively.

NEPA requires Federal agencies to use a systematic interdisciplinary approach in planning and decision making. The interdisciplinary approach ensures that:

  • Environmental impacts of proposed actions are identified and considered;
  • Alternatives to the proposed action are considered;
  • Enhancement of long term productivity is considered; and
  • Irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented are identified.

Project Spotlights

Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan

America's Byways, National Forest Scenic Byways, MT Scenic-Historic Byways

The corridor management plan for the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway is a document reflecting the communities' vision and plans for how the scenic byway designation can benefit the area and residents.