Planning & Monitoring
Planning requires the development of a Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan), a document which sets the broad framework for activities on the Forest. The Forest Plan establishes a Desired Future Condition, sets Goals and Objectives, and provides Standards and Guidelines. Forest Plans are reviewed continuously and revised approximately every fifteen years. The White Mountain National Forest completed its most recent Forest Plan revision in 2005.
Monitoring and evaluation help determine how well Forest Plan direction is being met, how resources are changing, and whether changes to the Forest Plan are needed.
Many projects are carried out annually to improve wildlife habitat, maintain recreation opportunities, demonstrate sound silvicultural practices, and generally "care for the land and serve people." Public input is included in proposing these activities through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process.
Resource management encompasses the many natural resources that, when brought together, comprise the whole ecosystem on the Forest. Resource managment includes the projects as discussed above and fulfills the objectives outlined in the Forest Plan.
Spatial data is used extensively on the White Mountain National Forest in project planning, analysis, implementation, and monitoring.
Road Study Update - Travel Analysis Report Now Available
Thank you to all who contributed to the road study (also known as the Travel Analysis). The Forest Service has released all the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze the existing roads systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable road system for each National Forest & Prairie. These reports are part of nationwide requirement and are not decision documents—instead, they provide an analysis of the road system as it exists today. All future proposed actions and decisions will involve further opportunities for public input and engagement at the project level under National Environmental Policy Act processes.
If you have a specific question on a road, trail, or area, you may contact your local office for more information (add link to the contact list on the web site or “contact us” email).
Travel Analysis Process Documents
Travel Analysis Report
Map of Existing Roads
Appendix D: Financial Analysis
Appendix E: Over snow trails coincident with roads