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United States Department of Agriculture

Ecosystem Planning

What is Ecosystem Planning?

The USDA Forest Service BPR Ecosystem Planning Program assists with strategic and land management planning and efficient use of data and technology to restore, sustain, and enhance our nation's National Forests and Grasslands. This program aids biologists, ecologists, and other resource managers in the field with planning efforts that involve watersheds, wildlife, fish, air, or rare plants. Because planning is not limited to these resource management programs, the BPR Ecosystem Planner works in close coordination with other resource programs.

This area of our web site is designed to provide you access to planning information related to BPR resource management programs and includes information about national level ecosystem planning efforts.

USDA Forest Service National Planning Efforts

Current information such as planning regulations and National planning and decision making processes is available on the Forest Service Washington Office Ecosystem Management Coordination web site.

You can view policy, technical guides, analysis models, evaluation methods, and additional forest planning information on the Technical Information for Planning Systems (TIPS) web site.

Find out about planning efforts on individual National Forests and National Grasslands. For more information visit the Forest Service web site and search by forest or grassland name (see the drop down menu in the header).


BPR participates in review of Land Management Plan objection issues associated with Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) identification and a broader environmental review of objection issues associated with many of the very large or cross-regional projects. Final objection responses can be found on each national forest or grassland’s website in the case of Land Management Plan objection issues associated with Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) identification. Objection responses associated with large or cross-regional projects can be found on websites associated for the project.

Threatened & Endangered Species

Endangered species on National Forest System lands are managed under the National Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species (TES) Program, and is supported by the National Wildlife Ecology Unit, and the National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center.