Planning

All natural resource management activities are guided by land and resource management plans. Land and resource management plans (Forest Plans) are required by the 1976 National Forest Management Act for each National Forest unit in the country. They describe forest-wide goals and objectives, management area desired resource conditions, standards and guidelines for implementation of projects, levels of resource production and management, and the availability of suitable land for resource management.

There are separate Forest Plans for the Green Mountain National Forest and Finger Lakes National Forest. The Forest Plans are strategic documents with an emphasis on ecological, social and economic sustainability over the long-term.  Forest Service staff developed the Forest Plans through robust public collaboration that played a large role in shaping our management direction.

We invite you to stay informed and involved as we move ahead with site-specific project planning to implement the Forest Plans.

Features

Green Mountain National Forest - Forest Plan

The Green Mountain National Forest Forest Plan was last revised in 2006 and will guide the management of the Forests for the current planning period until 2021.


Finger Lakes National Forest - Forest Plan

The Finger Lakes National Forest Forest Plan was last revised in 2006 and will guide the management of the Forests for the current planning period unitl 2021. 

Spotlights

GMNF Land and Resource Management Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement documents the analysis of effects of alternatives considered for plan revision and includes a summary of public comments. 

Record of Decision Documents

In February 2006, Regional Forester Randy Moore, signed the Record of Decisions formally documenting his selection of the alternatives to become the revised Forest Plans for the Forests.

 




Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are required by the National Forest Management Act to determine how well the Forest Plan is being implemented.

Forest Service Seeking Comments on Recreation Site Analysis

A snowy wide path leads through hardwood forest.

The Green Mountain and Finger Lake National Forests have been working to develop a strategy that will prioritize investments and recommend changes to our recreation program into the future.




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