Gifford Pinchot National Forest planning documents guide all forest management actions. Plans are focused at a broad scale: regional, forest-wide, or landscape (watershed) level.

Forest Plan

Forest plans are required by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) for each National Forest. These plans establish land allocations, goals and objectives, and standards and guidelines used by land managers, other government agencies, private organizations and individuals.

In 1990, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest published its first Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) developed under the NFMA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Forest has made several amendments since 1990.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Land Management Plan

Northwest Forest Plan

In 1994 the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), also called President's Forest Plan, amended the planning documents of nineteen National Forests and seven Bureau of Land Management Districts. It includes extensive standards and guidelines, including land allocations, that comprise a comprehensive ecosystem management strategy. 

After the Northwest Forest Plan was signed into law, the forest created the Land and Resources Management Amendment 11, which tried to merge direction from both the NWFP and the already existing Gifford Pinchot forest plan.  This document served as a great starting point in the years following the NWFP.

Presently, forest staff are more likely to reference the source documents for planning purposes. Amendment 11 is provided for reference, but please understand that it contains some errors and omissions from the original documents and should not be solely relied on for land management allocations and direction.

Bioregional Assessment (July 8, 2020)

The Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service collaboratively developed and released a Bioregional Assessment of Northwest Forests, which provides a snapshot in time of the current ecological, social and economic conditions on national forest system lands within the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area as well as two adjacent units.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Comprehensive Management Plan

Mount St. Helens Comprehensive Management Plan 

  • This Plan was developed after the creation of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and it outlines the recreational development goals, scientific research levels, fire management guidelines, and environmental restrictions in place surrounding Mount St. Helens. The Plan is 484 pages and 8.7 MB.
  • See also: Public Law 97-243 August 26, 1982; An Act to designate the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Citizen Advisory Committee Recommendations & Forest Service, Community, and Partner Accomplishments

  • 2009 & 2012 recommendations for ensuring that Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument remains a key tourist destination and economic engine for the area, while preserving its natural resources and allowing it to remain a world leader for scientific research.

Forest Plan Monitoring

The Forest produces a biannual report that focuses on providing the information necessary to evaluate whether Forest Plan components are effective and appropriate, and whether management is being effective in maintaining or achieving progress toward the desired conditions and objectives for the forest.

Late-Successional Reserve Assessment

In 1994 the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) designated a network of Late-Successional Reserves (LSR) with the object of protecting and enhancing conditions of late-successional and old-growth forest ecosystems. As part of its strategy for protecting these ecosystems, the NWFP directs us to prepare an assessment of conditions and the functions of each LSR. This Assessment was prepared by an interdisciplinary team comprised of Forest Service resource specialists and managers. A biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also participated on the team.

Its purpose is to describe the ecological framework within which projects will be designed to ensure they will meet LSR standards and guidelines and further LSR objectives. Decisions on where, when and how projects will be implemented are made through project level environmental analysis, not in this assessment.

Download the Late-Successional Reserve Assessment