The Payette National Forest annually compiles data and interprets results for activities completed under the 2003 Payette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. This report focuses on annual reporting requirements in the Forest Plan, requirements from biological opinions, and accomplishments that address the goals and objectives of the Plan.

Southwest Idaho Ecogroup Forest Plan FEIS and Land and Resource Management Plan - Payette National Forest

Payette National Forest Monitoring Plan Transition

The 2012 Planning Rule requires that Forest Plan monitoring plans include monitoring questions and associated indicators that inform the management of the plan resources in the area and whether management is being effective in maintaining and achieving progress toward desired conditions or objectives for the plan area. Monitoring questions and associated indicators are based on one or more desired condition, objective, or other plan component. Not every plan component needs to have a corresponding monitoring question.  Please click this link to view more information about the transition.

You may notice that our Monitoring Reports for 2015 through 2017 are not included on the list in the upper right of this page.  Due to the transition, the 2015 through 2017 reports were consolidated into one report, and posted here in March 2018.

Clik this link to view the Payette National Forest 2018-2019 Biennial Monitoring Report

For additional reference, see below for the monitoring plans for the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests.


Travel Management Planning

The Payette National Forest completed a travel analysis process in accordance with Federal Regulation 36 CFR 212.5 (b).  The Travel Analysis Report dated September 2015 is posted for the public and Forest staff in evaluating recommendations and implementing changes to the system.  

This travel analysis report and maps are planning documents that will be used to inform future travel management decisions including: identification of minimum road system, identification of unneeded roads to be decommissioned or converted to other uses, and other changes to system roads which may include revisions to Motor Vehicle Use designation. 

Roads identified as likely needed or likely not needed on reports or maps are under consideration; no decision will be made to implement recommendations or decommission roads without further public involvement and analysis.  Comments or questions may be directed to Will Perry - 

Bighorn Sheep Viability Forest Plan Amendment

 The Southwest Idaho Ecogroup Land and Resource Management Plans’ Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) were completed in July 2003.  The Intermountain Regional Forester received five appeals of the decision as described in the ROD.  In March 2005, the Chief of the Forest Service reversed the Regional Forester’s 2003 decision.  To address the issue of bighorn sheep viability, the Regional Forester was instructed to reanalyze bighorn sheep viability on the PNF; amend the FEIS accordingly; and adopt as necessary, changes to the Forest Plan management direction for the Hells Canyon Management Area and adjacent areas.  Specifically, the Regional Forester was instructed to complete a supplement to the FEIS.



Forest Plan Evaluation & Monitoring

The goal of Forest Plan monitoring is to determine what is working well and what is not, and to help identify what changes are needed in management direction or monitoring methods.