The Forest Plan

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 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.

The Lolo Forest Plan provides management direction for the entire forest. All other plans and projects tier to the Forest Plan.

Existing Lolo NF Forest Plan (1986)

Electronic copies of the Lolo Forest Plan, Appendices, Record of Decision, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) are on the Western Montana Forest Planning Zone (WMPZ) web site. These documents are very large (44MB). If you have difficulty downloading the files contact Greg Gustina at (406)329-3809.

Forest Plan Monitoring Reports

Forest Plan Amendments for Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones

Northern Rockies Lynx Amendment


2016 Forest Plan Monitoring Program Transition

The Lolo 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.

Please select the following links for more information:

If you are interested in knowing more or have comments on the transition of our Forest monitoring program, please contact Chris Partyka, Environmental Coordinator at 406-826-4355, or

2016 Travel Analysis Report

The travel analysis report is a summary of the science based transportation analysis the Lolo National Forest completed to ensure that additions to the National Forest System network of roads are those deemed essential for resource management and use; that construction, reconstruction and maintenance of roads minimize adverse environmental impacts; and that unneeded roads are decommissioned and restoration of ecological processes is initiated.  This analysis was promulgated by the Road Management Rule (the Rule) published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2001 (Federal Register Vol. 66, No. 9 pg. 3206).  Subpart A of the Rule pertains to Administration of the Forest Transportation System.  In part, subpart A requires each unit of the National Forest System to: 1) identify the minimum road system needed for safe and efficient travel, and for protection, management, and use of National Forest System land (36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 212.5(b(1)); and 2) identify roads that are no longer needed to meet forest resource management objectives (36 CFR 212.5 (b)(2)).

Travel analysis is not a decision making process.  Rather, travel analysis informs decisions relating to administration of the forest transportation system and helps to identify proposals for change (FSM 7712).  The analysis considers social and environmental risks and benefits of the road system, economics of road management, and contributions of the transportation system to land management objectives.

If you are interested in knowing more or have comments on the travel analysis process, please contact Chris Partyka, Environmental Coordinator at 406-826-4355, or

Recreation Plans

State of the Rattlesnake Report, 2012

State of the Rattlesnake Report, 2009  | News Release, 3/2/2010

Recreation Facility Analysis (formerly RSFMP)


Other Plans

These plans provide overarching guidance to specific projects and they tier to the forest plan. They are usually resource or area specific.

Water Quality Restoration and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

Upper Lolo Watershed Report (1999 Analysis, 1987 Analysis and Decision)