Land & Resources Management

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (OSFNFs) encompass 1.2 million acres of mixed hardwood and pine forests that cover a wide array of topography.  From the tallest mountain in Arkansas (Mount Magazine), to the Underground World Below at Blanchard Springs Caverns, the forests offer rugged terrain, crystal clear streams and breathtaking scenery to enjoy.


The Forests utilize a Forest Resource Land Management Plan to direct our management of the land and resources. The Forest Plan articulates broad, strategic direction for management of OSFNFs, and guides all natural resource management activities for the Forests. In addition to dispersed recreation (hiking, horseback or off-highway vehicle riding, fishing, hunting, bird watching, etc.), and camping in developed recreation areas; the forests also provide a steady supply of timber, water, and habitat for wildlife and range as part of our Multiple-Use mission.


The purpose of the Forest Plan is to set the framework for project developement. All of the activities on the Forests are addressed in the Forest Resource Land Management Plan, and then are followed up with site-specific Projects that tie to the Forest Plan.  This site will provide information for all proposed projects on the Forests and will allow the public access to those projects.

Cattle Dip Vat Management Program

In response to potential contamination at former Cattle Dip Vat (CDV) sites across the Southeast, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Southern Region (R8) developed a CDV Management Program to quickly and efficiently reduce risk posed by arsenic in the soils at these sites. A total of 29 CDV sites within the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests have been investigated under this program. The purpose of this project web page is to inform the public about the planned removal action. The web page has a list of available documents about the project including how to comment. The 30-day comment period will be July 1 – July 31, 2020.

Resource Management

Resource Management will take you to more site specific info on various resource specialties, as well as timber sale information.

Geospatial Data

Geospatial Data is some valuable information that we provide on the national forests to Geostor.  There you will find a convenient compilation of geospatial data for Arkansas, including specific forest information.

Travel Management

Travel Analysis Report Now Available

National Historic Preservation Act

Draft programmatic agreement regarding the process for compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for undertakings on the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests