Land & Resource Management

An important part of the Forest Service mission is "protecting and managing the national forests and grasslands so they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept." In other words, the Forest Service is charged with managing natural resources in a way that best serves the multiple needs of a growing nation. The agency was established to ensure a renewable supply of timber and a steady source of clean water and minerals.

The Eastern Region of the USDA Forest Service provides timber for people, plant and wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. The Forest Service does not "own" the natural resources. Instead, the agency serves as caretaker for the real owners, ... the people of the United States.

Travel Analysis - Road Study

The USDA Forest Service is committed to balancing your needs for access to the National Forests & Prairie with the responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse, and healthy forest/prairie. As part of this commitment, the Forest Service performed a forest-by-forest road analysis (also known as Travel Analysis – Subpart A) intended to guide future road management planning and address concerns about the future sustainability of the National Forest/Prairie road system. This analysis was not a decision, but was intended to recommend a minimum road system that takes into consideration access for the public and forest management activities, environmental impacts, public input, and budget constraints. 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.


Travel Analysis Reports are Now Available

The Forest Service has released the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze existing roads systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads for each National Forest System unit across the country. These reports are not decision documents—instead, they provide an analysis of the road system as it exists today. All future proposed actions and decisions will involve further opportunities for public input and engagement at the project-level under National Environmental Policy Act processes.

Please visit the following links for the Travel Analysis Reports within the Eastern Region. If you have a specific question on a road, trail, or area, you may contact your local office for more information.

Illnois

Indiana

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

New Hampshire

New York

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Vermont

West Virginia

Wisconsin