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 planning is 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 Ottawa 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.

Timber Sale

Resource Management

In this 3-phase process, this section includes information about actions resulting from the forest’s plans and projects. An example might be the restoration of a stream or a prescribed burn for wildlife purposes.

Timber contract information and forms can be found in this section of the website.

GPSing a trail

GIS Data

Ottawa National Forest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data is available to download.
Data is available in ESRI (shapefile) and Google Earth (kml) formats.


Ottawa Road Study

Road Study Ahead

The U.S. Forest Service has begun a study that analyzes the road system on the Ottawa National Forest, and is seeking public input.  Please visit the Road Study page for more information and to learn how you can contribute.

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