Planning Rule Overview Page

Welcome to the U. S. Forest Service Planning Rule Website!

Uinta National Forest Image by Teresa Prendusi

The 2012 Planning Rule as amended directs the land use planning process for national forests and grasslands. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) requires the Forest Service to develop land management plans to guide management of the 154 national forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie that comprise the 193 million acre National Forest System.  The NFMA required the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a planning rule ‘‘under the principles of the Multiple Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960, that set[s] out the process for the development and revision of the land management plans, and the guidelines and standards’’ required by the NFMA.


National Forest System Land Management Plans


Map of the United States of America showing location and status of land management plan revisions




Land and Resource Management Plans Under Revision (PDF, 92 KB)