Nature & Science

The White Mountain National Forest is a complex ecosystem that supports a variety of uses. Managing for viability and sustainability requires the expertise of a team of scientists who monitor the effects of Forest use on water, soil, air, wildlife, plants, trees, and fish. They provide vital information on how well our current standards and guidelines are working, and how we should plan for the future.

Every project proposed on the Forest is first analyzed under the requirements of the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and the National Enviornmental Policy Act (NEPA), and must meet the goals and objectives of our Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan), revised in 2005. You can learn more about the Forest Plan here, and see what projects are currently being studied on the Forest.


Non-native Invasive Plants

The White Mountain National Forest and the entire White Mountain region is fortunate that infestation levels of invasive plants and animals are relatively low.

Non-Native Invasive Insect Species

Closeup of Asian long-horned beetle.

Invasive insect species not currently invading natural communities on the Forest but of great concern.