Forest Plan Revision

January 27, 2021: Forest Supervisor Carrie Gilbert announced her decision to not revise the forest plan at this time after considering how the current plan can continue to serve the communities and forests in southeast Ohio. For more information, please read the accompanying message from the Forest Supervisor about this decision.

The Wayne National Forest is currently in the process of revising its land management plan, commonly referred to as a forest plan. Forest plans are integral to all national forests. Each forest plan balances social, environmental, and economic concerns in order to help the Forest Service sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Because ecological and socioeconomic conditions—as well as our understanding of the science regarding land management techniques—change over time, these forest plans must be regularly revised and updated every 10 to 15 years. These revisions consider topics which were not previously addressed, new scientific research that was published since the last forest plan, and explore whether conditions in the national forest and surrounding areas have changed.

To learn more about the forest plan revision process, including how you can get involved, explore the links featured below and in the right hand sidebar.

The Wayne’s existing forest plan was released in 2006 and has undergone a number of administrative changes. Throughout the course of the forest plan revision process, the Wayne National Forest will continue to implement its current forest plan until a new decision is made.

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Where Are We Now in the Revision Process?

Current Status

On July 17, 2020, the Wayne National Forest released the Assessment and final supplemental reports. This marks the end of the first phase of the forest plan revision process. Currently, the forest plan revision team is working to begin the second phase of the process—the plan development phase. Stay tuned for more information regarding the next steps, including what public engagement opportunities are on the horizon.

We are currently accepting review and feedback on two components of the process, the proposed wilderness evaluation process (until August 31, 2020) and the potential species of conservation concern (indefinite). To learn more, please visit both the Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation page and the Species of Conservation Concern page.

Forest Plan Revision Schedule

Completed Processes and Products

Processes and Products

Completion Date

Notice of Initiating Plan Revision (NOI)

The notice initiating the forest planning process resulting in a revised and updated land management plan was published in the Federal Register.

April 19, 2018

Draft Assessment

The Wayne initiated the forest plan revision process in early 2018. After collaboration with the public, Tribes, partner agencies, and other stakeholders, the Wayne released a Draft Assessment. For more information click the Draft Assessment link to the left.

January 2020

Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Process

The identification of the eligibility of rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was included in the draft assessment documents.

January 2020

Released with draft assessment

Wilderness Recommendation Process

The 2012 planning rule requires the forest plan revision team identify and evaluate lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System and to determine whether to recommend to Congress any such lands for wilderness designation.

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The first step in the process, wilderness inventory, was included in the draft assessment documents.


In-Progress Processes and Products

Processes and Products

Expected Completion


The review period for the Draft Assessment ended in March 2020. The forest plan revision team is reviewing feedback and revising the assessment documents for release later this year.

Summer 2020

Species of Conservation Concern

Under the 2012 planning rule, the Wayne is required to compile a species of conservation concern list. It is comprised of native species whose long-term future in the national forest is considered at risk but are not currently protected under the Endangered Species Act. For more information click the link to the left.

Summer 2020

Released with Assessment

Need to Change

Early in the planning phase, a preliminary need to change the plan is identified and public comment is sought to help develop the need to change the plan, which in turn helps focus forest plan revision.

Summer 2020

Initiate Phase II: Plan Development

The forest plan revision team will work along with the public, government partners, non-governmental partners, other Forest Service personnel, and other interested stakeholders, to develop the proposed action (proposed forest plan), including the identification of the distinctive roles and contributions of the Wayne within the broader landscape. The proposed action will detail national-forest-wide, management area, and geographic area desired conditions as well as objectives, standards, and guidelines to achieve the desired conditions.

Late Summer/Fall 2020

Proposed Forest Plan

The proposed action (proposed forest plan) is released for a 60-day public comment period, also referred to as a scoping period, which drives the development of alternatives to the proposed plan.

Early 2021

Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Development of a draft forest plan and a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that analyzes the described affected environment and the environmental effects of each of the plan alternatives. The DEIS will be released for a 90-day comment period.


Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

Comments on the DEIS are analyzed and reviewed in the development of a final environmental impact statement (FEIS). The FEIS identifies any needed changes between the draft and final EIS. The FEIS, Draft Record of Decision, and forest plan will be released with a 30 day notice of availability.


Objection Process

Notice to start the Objection Process which will initiate a 90 day comment period and a 90 day resolution period, as per 36 CFR 219.53(a)


Final Record of Decision and Final Forest Plan

Decision made by Wayne National Forest Supervisor.


Phase III: Implementation and Monitoring

Forest Service implements the revised forest plan and begins ongoing monitoring.



Plan Revision Assessment Phase

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The assessment phase is the first of three phases in the forest plan revision process. During the assessment phase, the Forest Service rapidly evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability. The Plan Revision Assessment and Supplemental Reports were released on July 17th, 2020. 

Forest Plan Revision Public Participation

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The Wayne National Forest intends to engage those interested in Forest Plan Revision utilizing communication methods ranging from informing to collaboration. Follow along and let your voice be heard by participating in one of our upcoming forums, signing up for notifications about our process, or submitting an official comment. 


Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation

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Forest Plans require Forest Service planning teams to identify and evaluate lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Find out more.

Forest Plan Revision Overview

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We are currently revising its land management plan. This is a multi-year process that began in 2018. This overview will explain what forest plans are and the process to revise them. 


Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

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SCC is a type of special designation given to organisms for which there is substantial concern about their capability to persist over the long-term in a national forest.

Forest Plan Monitoring

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Monitoring is a key part of management and the Wayne National Forest takes this role seriously. Annual reports are completed to ensure the Forest is on track.

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Forest Plan Revision Public Participation

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