Part of the Forest Service, largest agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bitterroot National Forest is responsible for over 1.6 million acres of federal land in Montana and Idaho. These lands possess resources and values of economic, social and environmental importance to the Region.  They are managed for multiple uses using public input, sound ecological principles and the best available science.  Public benefits take the form of clean water, wood and paper products, a high quality environment for outdoor recreation, wilderness preservation, forage for grazing livestock, and abundant fish and wildlife.

The Bitterroot, as with all National Forests and Grasslands, has a Land and Resources Management Plan (LRMP) prepared in compliance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA).  The purpose of the LRMP is to guide all natural resource management activities for a 10-15 year period.


2016 Forest Plan Monitoring Program Transition

The Bitterroot Forest Plan was developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule. In 2012, the US Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that will direct future forest plan revisions.  The 2012 Planning Rule (26 CFR 219) requires us to modify our forest monitoring program by May 9, 2016 to meet the Planning Rule's monitoring requirements. We have reviewed our monitoring program to meet the new requirements and based on public input made the necessary changes.

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If you are interested in knowing more or have comments on the transition of our Forest monitoring program, please contact Amy Fox, Environmental Coordinator at 406-363-7120, or


Forest Plan Revision

The Lolo and Bitterroot National Forests are planning on revising their forest plans simultaneously given that the two forests share a common boundary and can use a joint team of specialists to complete both plans at the same time. Depending on availability of funding, the forest will initiate the assessment phase of revision in 2020. Revised plans are expected to be prepared by 2024.


Existing Bitterroot NF Forest Plan (1987)

The Forest Plan guides all natural resource management activities and establishes management standards for the Bitterroot National Forest.  It describes resource management practices, levels of resource production and management, and the availability and suitability of lands for resource management.  For an electronic copy of the Forest Plan documents click here.


Forest Plan Monitoring Reports