Planning

Forest and Project Planning

planning groupLand and Resource Management plans are required by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) for each individual National Forest. Over time, individual forest plans have been amended by other plans such as the Northwest Forest Plan or the Eastside Screens. In addition, national and regional policy guide management of National Forests. Forest plans establish land allocations, goals and objectives, and standards and guidelines used by land managers, other government agencies, private organizations and individuals. Planning documents provide direction at a broad scale: regional, forest-wide, or landscape (watershed) level.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of proposed federal actions related to forest management. Depending on whether or not a proposed action could significantly affect the natural environment, either an Environmental Assessment  (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is prepared.  

View Planning and Environmental Policy information.

Plan Revision

Monitoring

water monitoringThe Monitoring Group of the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Resource Planning and Monitoring Staff, evaluates the effects of resource management activities on ecosystems in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. Public and private sectors are invited to provide feedback to land managers in Implementation Monitoring. The effectiveness of specific Land and Resource Management Plans on National Forests in the Pacific Northwest Region are assessed. 

Related monitoring efforts:

Culvert Review

Appeals & Litigation

owl in treeLaws, regulations, and appeals decision information related to proposed federal actions for forest management is available.

Travel Management