The National Forests belong to all of us. Every 15-20 years each National Forest develops a forest plan which considers how to best manage the forest while providing for multiple uses. This video encourages the public to participate in this important process.

Latest information

Inyo National Forest releases its revised forest plan, final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision – August 2018.

Northwest Forest Plan: The Science Synthesis has been released. This report provides scientific information for land management planning in western Washington, western Oregon and northern California. - June 2018

Forest Planning

The Land and Resource Management Plan or "Forest Plan" is the principal document that guides the decision making of Forest Service managers. Forest Plans provide long–range management direction for the resources and uses within a national forest.

The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) is the primary statute governing the administration of national forests.

The 2012 Planning Rule interprets the NFMA and guides the amendment and revision of all land management plans.

Learn more about local planning activities by viewing the "Planning" section on the website for each Pacific Southwest National Forest.



Lassen and Modoc National Forests Science Synthesis

The Lassen and Modoc National Forests are developing a science synthesis in preparation to revise their forest plans.

Sequoia and Sierra Plan Revisions

The Sequoia and Sierra are two of eight "early adopter" forests, meaning they are the first to revise their land management plans using the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule. The Inyo National Forest, a third early adopter forest, released a revised plan, final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision in August 2018.


R5 Broader-Scale Monitoring Strategy

The Pacific Southwest Region broader-scale monitoring strategy will cover the whole Region and complement the plan monitoring programs on each forest unit.

Northwest Forest Plan

The Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are working on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.