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, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests: July 2017 -- See previews of the Inyo National Forest’s near-final plan direction for sustainable recreation, aquatic and riparian resources, wild and scenic rivers, and species of conservation concern.

Lassen and Modoc National Forests: February 2017 -- The Lassen and Modoc National Forests hosted a public workshop to begin their science synthesis. Read the workshop summary and learn more, visit

Northwest Forest Plan: October 2017 -- Regions 5 and 6 released an update on planning activities associated with the Northwest Forest Plan area in California, Oregon and Washington.

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.

Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra Plan Revisions

The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight "early adopter" forests, meaning they are the first to revise their land management plans using the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule


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.

Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Implementation & Monitoring

The Sierra Nevada Framework builds on more than a decade of research and land management planning.


Sierra Cascades Dialog Sessions

The intent of these sessions is to hold regular conversations among engaged stakeholders on a range of issues across the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades.