water monitoring

The Forest Service is inviting the public to provide feedback on Great American Outdoors Act projects that are under consideration to be prioritized for funding in Fiscal Year 2021. Projects funded by GAOA will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands. Your feedback is requested by Sept. 13, 2020. 


Land 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 additional Planning and Environmental Policy information.

Regional Northwest Forest Plan & Forest Plan Revision 

Revised Plans:


The 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:

Appeals & Litigation

Find available laws, regulations, and appeals decision information related to proposed federal actions for forest management.

Travel Management

As part of a national travel management process, the Forest Service is working to achieve a financially and ecologically sustainable road system that meets access needs, minimizes adverse environmental impacts, and reflects long-term funding expectations. Learn more about Travel Management