Forest Plan

The Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) for the Willamette National Forest was approved by the Regional Forester on July 31, 1990. We began implementing the Forest Plan on September 10, 1990. The Forest Plan is the basis for integrated management of all the Forest’s resources. It designates areas of resource management emphasis based on the capabilities of these areas and the differing levels of goods and services that are projected to come from them. The Forest Plan also specifies monitoring and evaluation requirements to provide information necessary to determine whether promises are being kept, and to assure assumptions made during analysis are valid.

On April 13, 1994, the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture and Interior signed a Record of Decision for the Management of Habitat for Late-Successional and Old-Growth Forest Related Species, referred to as the Northwest Forest Plan or NWFP, which amended the Forest Plan by establishing new land allocations (management areas) and standards and guidelines (S&Gs). The implementation of these new management areas and S&Gs began May 20, 1994.

On April 9, 2012 the Forest Service released its 2012 Planning Rule and would begin to implement the rule the 30 days following. A part of this rule is the Monitoring Report would be published every two years. To prepare for this new rule the Forest prepared a new Monitoring Strategy that met the requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule.

Forest Plan Monitoring Strategy

The 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219) required the Willamette National Forest to establish a land management plan monitoring program that is consistent with the new Planning Rule’s monitoring requirements. The monitoring strategy includes a new set of questions intended to replace the old and dated questions found Chapter V in the Forest Plan. Questions are developed and addressed at a scale appropriate to the question. This may be plan level or broad scale. The plan monitoring program is a required element of the plan. It is designed to test whether assumptions made during planning were accurate and to track progress towards meeting the desired conditions set out in the plan. Information from monitoring efforts informs the Forest Service and the public as to whether a change to the plan is necessary.

Forest Plan Monitoring Reports

These documents report Forest activities and accomplishments comparing them to the Forest Plan direction, and projected outputs and effects. Monitoring and evaluation are important elements in the implementation of the Forest Plan.

Forest Plan Resources

1990 Forest Plan: Willamette National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Statement. This is a digital copy of the original documents printed in 1990.

Northwest Forest Plan: The Northwest Forest Plan was published in 1994 and amends the 1990 Forest Plan. The Regional Ecosystem Office site provides details and documents concerning the Northwest Forest Plan.

Northwest Forest Plan policy and direction is derived from two key documents:

Forest Plan Revision: Each national forest's Forest Plan must be revised periodically. This process is called Forest Plan Revision. Find out more about forest plan revisions for all the national forests in the Pacific Northwest.

U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule Revision: The complete planning rule along with other informational materials.

Assessments & Other Planning Documents

Completed planning projects and reports that we use to guide the management of our forest resources. Assessments identify existing condition, risks, opportunities, and desired future condition. The end product does not require a NEPA decision, but is information that feeds into Project analysis. 

Invasive Plant Management: Pacific Northwest Region and Willamette National Forest standards and guidelines for preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of invasive plants

Watershed Analysis Documents

Mid-Willamette Late-Successional Reserve Assessment (LSR Assessment)

Road Analysis Report

A Field Guide to the Social Ecology of the Willamette Valley: Field guide produced by James Kent Associates for Willamette & Siuslaw National Forests to assist in integrating social and economic conditions into forest planning.

National Strategic Plan