Planning

Each national forest and grassland is governed by a Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). Forest Plans set desired conditions, standards, and guidelines for management, protection and use of the Forest.  Monitoring conditions on the Forest ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction, and determines effects that might require a change in the Forest Plan.

The most recent Idaho Panhandle National Forests Land Management Plan was adopted January 5, 2015. The previous plan, adopted in 1987, was superceded by the 2015 plan beginning February 17, 2015.

National Forest and Resource Management Planning is performed in compliance with a number of legal mandates. Two important laws related to National Forest planning are the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (RPA) and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA) which amended RPA. The specific rules that govern the forest planning process are published in the Code of Federal Regulations.

2015 Forest Plan

The Record of Decision, revised Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are available below.  Please follow the link below for the final documents, maps and all supporting documentation.

2015 IPNF Forest Plan documents and maps.

Administrative Changes to the Forest Plan

Administrative Change #1 – Monitoring Program transition

As described above, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Plan was revised in 2015. It was developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule. In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that directs future forest plan revisions. The 2012 Planning Rule (26 CFR 219) requires us to modify our forest monitoring program consistent with the requirements at 36 CFR 219.12.  We completed this transition on June 23, 2016.

Please select the following links for more information.

If you have any questions on the Forest monitoring program, please contact Will Young, Environmental Coordinator by email or at (208) 765-7479.

Administrative Change #2 – Forest Plan Bears Outside the Recovery Zone (BORZ) corrections

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

Comment Period Now Open for the 2022 IPNF National Forest Biennial Monitoring and Evaluation Report: The 2012 Planning Rule requires the Forest to produce a Biennial Monitoring and Evaluation Report (BMER) and make it available for a 30-day public comment period. The links below provide access to that report and information on how to comment.

How To Comment: Comments will be accepted via electronic mail or U.S. mail during a 30-day period ending May 25, 2022. 

  • Email a Comment: Email electronic comments and questions to comments-northern-idpanhandle@usda.gov
  • Mail a Comment: Attn: IPNF Monitoring Report, IPNF Supervisor's Office, 3232 West Nursery Road, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815  

The 1987 Forest Plan required that a Monitoring and Evaluation Report be completed each year. The purpose of this report is to determine how the IPNF is doing in meeting the goals outlined in the Forest Plan. Monitoring reports for the last five years are maintained on this website.