Land & Resources Management


Aerial Insect and Disease Damage Survey Maps

The Forest Service has been conducting Aerial Insect and Disease Damage Surveys in the Pacific Northwest for 70 years. See the latest map for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and forests across Oregon and Washington. You can zoom in on map and display a legend explaining color codes.

Travel Analysis Report

Travel analysis takes a comprehensive look at the roads of the entire forest, and the issues, risks, and benefits for all users, and the associated forest resources. Interdisciplinary teams have reviewed available data, along with information we received from the public, about our roads, access needs, and the affected forest resources with the goal of determining where changes to current road management practices would be beneficial. The Forest has released a travel analysis report that outlines existing roads systems and identifies opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads. These travel analysis reports are part of nationwide requirement involving national forests across the country.  MORE...

Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Plan Revision

The Colville and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests worked for a number of years on a cooperative effort to update and revise their land and resource management plans, also called forest plans.  

In 2014 the Regional Forester decided to separate the two forest revision effort and opted to have the Colville Forest moving ahead in the schedule to work on completing their plan revision.  Current information about the Colville Plan Revision effort can be found here:

The Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest’s plan revision effort is currently on hold as Region 6 works to determine a strategy for completing the remaining forest plan revisions in Washington and Oregon. 

Forest Restoration Strategy

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has a comprehensive strategy for restoring our forests and watersheds. Learn more...

Travel Analysis

The ability to maintain the roads of the National Forest Transportation System is directly linked to available funding. Funding for road maintenance on National Forests has steadily decreased, and all indications are pointing toward continued reductions in funding. Meanwhile, despite our best efforts to maintain and improve roads for appropriate access and the protection of forest resources, many roads and bridges are aging into disrepair.

Finding the proper balance between environmental protection, affordable maintenance, and continued public access in the Forest road system is called for by Forest Service policy....  MORE

Motorized Travel Management

Read about proposed changes to motor vehicle use within the non-wilderness portion of the Forest.

Why are there so many dead trees in the forest?

First of all, the majority of the trees you may be seeing that appear brown and dead have been defoliated (the needles removed) by an insect  -- the Western Spruce Budworm. In many areas of the forest there has been a large cyclical outbreak of this insect in recent years. Though many thousands of trees are killed by these insects, many trees will also appear dead for a season or two and then new growth will appear and the trees recover.

National Forest Recreation Site Facility Planning

The Forest Service has reviewed over 360 developed recreation sites on the Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests through a national process called “Recreation Facility Analysis” (RFA). This process allows the Forest Service, with ideas and information from you and others, to provide the best developed recreation opportunities in the right locations on the forests.*