Land and Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Documents

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest’s guiding strategy is laid out in our Land and Resource Management Plan for the forest.  Each national forest is required by law to develop a Forest Plan to integrate a mix of management activities that allow use and protection of forest resources, meet the needs of guiding legislation, and address local, regional, and national issues.  In addition to the plan itself, each Forest is required to assess the environmental impacts of the plan.  This assessment of environmental impacts is contained in an accompanying document, the Final Environmental Impact Statement.  Access the complete text of these documents. [Select to access]


Northwest Forest Plan, 1994

The purpose of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) is to adopt coordinated management direction for the lands administered by both the USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Land Management, within the range of the northern spotted owl, a bird listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The northern spotted owl inhabits Oregon, Washington, and northern California; all national forests and BLM units within this range are managed to meet Northwest Forest Plan direction. The management of these public lands must meet dual needs: the need for forest habitat and the need for forest products. The NWFP also dictated adoption of complementary approaches by other Federal agencies, such as the National Park Service, within the owl’s range. Access the 15 year report.

Apart from the conservation direction for the northern spotted owl, the NWFP also created other important conservation guidelines for aquatic systems and old-growth associated species.  These are called:


Forest Wide Late Successional Reserve (LSR) Assessment - August 26, 1999

The Record of Decision on Management of Habitat for Late-Successional and Old-growth Forest Related Species Within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl (ROD) established a network of Late Successional Reserves (LSRs), accompanied this by a set of management standards and guidelines. The network of reserves are intended to provide old-growth forest habitat, provide for populations of species that are associated with late-successional forests, and to help ensure that late-successional species diversity will be conserved. The management objective within LSRs is to protect and enhance conditions of late-successional forest ecosystems, which serve as habitat for late-successional and old-growth related species including the northern spotted owl (USDA, USDI 1994b). Protection includes reducing the risk of large-scale disturbance, including stand-replacing fire, insect and disease epidemic, and major human caused impacts.  The purpose of this Forest-wide assessment is to develop management strategies for the LSRs, determine their sustainability, and provide information to decision makers for managing LSRs to meets Forest Plan goals and objectives.

Hayfork Adaptive Management Area Guide - 10-12-2004


Appeals and Litigation Information

Shasta-Trinity National Forest managers make many resource management decisions, which may be subject to appeal (request to a higher authority for administrative review of a decision). [Select to Access]


Forest Level Management Indicator Assemblage Monitoring Report - February 22, 2011

This report provides decision makers on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest with a report of management indicator assemblage habitat status and trends at the National Forest scale. This report fulfills the Shasta-Trinity Land and Resource Management Plan monitoring requirements for management indicator assemblages, and contributes to fulfilling the National Forest Management Act requirement to provide for a diversity of plant and animal communities on National Forest land (National Forest Management Act of 1976, 16 U.S.C. 1600). This report will be updated every 3 to 5 years. [Access the Report]


Monitoring and Evaluation Reports


Best Management Practices Monitoring


Redband Trout Conservation Agreement - 2017 Edition


Road Analysis Report

The Forest-level roads analysis (RAP) focused on the major roads or the "backbone" of the Forest transportation system. The roads analysis report documents the existing road system, risks and benefits evaluation of major Forest roads, and recommendations for future actions on these roads that will reduce risks of unacceptable environmental disturbance and increase the benefits provided by these roads.
Four major findings came from the Forest-level roads analysis. They are:

  1. Existing major roads do not pose an unacceptable risk to the sustainability of ecosystems.
  2. The highest risk ratings from existing major roads relate to water quality, hydrologic process, and the aquatic or riparian ecosystems.
  3. The highest need is to replace and, in some cases, increase the size of culverts and other road-related drainage structures.
  4. The highest potential economic benefit to local communities is gained from use of major roads for commodity production from public and private lands within the Forest boundary.

This Forest Scale Roads Analysis Report, completed in 2002, provides an analysis of the major network forest roads, a risk/ benefit analysis, and priorities for future road management activities.


Watershed Analysis\Assessment Reports


Modernization of Forest Plans in the Northwest

The Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service collaboratively developed and released a Bioregional Assessment of Northwest Forests, which provides a snapshot in time of the current ecological, social and economic conditions on national forest system lands within the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area as well as two adjacent units. The NWFP amended existing forest plans on 19 national forest units across Washington, Oregon and California. The NWFP and those underlying forest plans require key updates to address contemporary management needs. For more information about the process to update forest plans, visit the Modernization of Forest Plans in the Northwest Home Page.

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