Land and Resource Management personnel work to reduce fire hazards and insect attacks as well as improve tree growth, diversity, range conditions and wildlife habitats throughout the forest. These projects include tree thinning, prescribed burning, invasive plant treatments, and a variety of other scientific approaches.
The activities listed in this section as well as others are moving the agency forward in its mission, "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's Forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations." As we move forward, we have a tremendous opportunity to apply what we have learned over the last century of natural resource management. We will build on our successes to improve our natural resource and public service mission and to ensure that our nation's public lands remain the best in the world.
In December, 2014, Congress passed H.R. 3979, which contained the Rocky Mountain Front Heritge Act. The Act contains provisions requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to prepare a comprehensive management strategy for preventing, controlling and eradicating noxious weeds in the Rocky Mountain Ranger District of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The strategy is now complete.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses are completed on all activities that could have a physical or biological effect on National Forest lands. All projects are reviewed with varying levels of analysis warranted depending on the complexity or type of proposal.