Planning

Final Record of Decision and Final Land Management Plan

The final Record of Decision for the Colville National Forest Land Management Plan has been approved and is now available. The final Land Management Plan will become effective 30 days after the publication of the Notice of Plan Approval in the Federal Register. 

The revised Colville National Forest planning documents reflect extensive public participation over the past 15 years through collaborative working group meetings and other public input. We greatly appreciate the commitment of interested participants who have provided important contributions toward the development of the final Land Management Plan.

Purpose of the Final Land Management Plan

The National Forest Management Act directs the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to provide for the multiple use and sustained yield of the products and services on National Forest System lands, including outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, wildlife and fish, and wilderness (16 U.S.C. 1604(e))

Thirty years have passed since the first Land Management Plan was implemented. Since that time, forest conditions and surrounding communities have changed significantly. The changes have included: increased local community reliance on jobs and income generated by forest products, livestock grazing, and recreational activities on the Forest; increased need to treat the dense forest to reduce risk of uncharacteristic wildfire, insects, and diseases; increased need to accommodate continued livestock grazing while supporting endangered species recovery; increased interest in both motorized and non-motorized access to the forest; and controversy over preliminary wilderness recommendations. The final Land Management Plan provides an updated framework to address the changed social, economic, and ecological conditions in and around the Colville National Forest.

The final Land Management Plan will increase Forest-related jobs and income in local communities; increase timber harvest potential and reduce risk of uncharacteristic wildfires; maintain existing forest benefits, including motorized access and livestock grazing; and deliver clean water to downstream users and hydropower to the nation. The Forest will continue to pursue opportunities for innovations and shared stewardship under the final Land Management Plan. The final Land Management Plan and final ROD encourage continued collaboration on forest and watershed management.

Documents Associated with the Final Land Management Plan

Read the following documents by clicking on the titles below:

Federal Register and Legal Notice

Final Record of Decision

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Final Land Management Plan

Links to additional webpages, documents, and information

 

  • Documents and materials associated with the pre-Objections Final Land Management Plan/Final EIS/Draft ROD can be found on this archive page
  • Documents and materials associated with the objections process  may be found on this archive page.
  • Documents and materials associated with the Draft Land Management Plan/Draft EIS can be found on this archive page.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/colville/landmanagement/planning