Land Management Plans serve four primary functions:

  1. Create continuity of purpose by establishing an integrated vision for the plan area that endures through leadership and staff changes by laying out desired conditions and strategies to achieve them;
  2. Set the context for how the plan’s vision fits into larger physical, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic landscapes;
  3. Create operational rules and regulations, similar to an operating manual, for activities in the plan area; and
  4. Establish a process for evaluating progress and changing approaches as necessary.


Great American Outdoors Act

A two-person crew uses a crosscut saw to clear fallen trees from trails in wilderness

The Great American Outdoors Act, signed into law in August 2020, provides funding that will allow federal land managers to update and repair aging infrastructure, improve access to public lands, and enhance visitor experiences.  The Salmon-Challis plans to make the most of the funding it will receive to improve trails, roads, and recreation sites.

Forest Management Plans

Image depicts the covers of the two Salmon-Challis operational plans

Our Forest currently operates under two plans: the Land and Resource Managment Plan for the Challis National Forest, published in 1987, and the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Salmon National Forest, published in 1988. These two forests were consolidated in 1998, and we are currently in the process of revising our plans.

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Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Managment Plan

The Wilderness Management Plan (WMP) provides the primary management direction for the JMJP Wilderness to preserve wilderness character as identified by the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Plan

The resources and uses of the Wilderness area are dynamic and that new information is constantly being developed, this revised plan embraces an adaptive management approach.


Noxious Weed Management

The Forest implements an integrated series of weed treatment practices that eradicate, reduce, and/or slow the spread of noxious and invasive non-native populations of weeds.