Resource Management

Recreation Management

In order to meet the Forest niche, the strategy sets program-wide goals with opportunities for the recreation program across the Forest.  The opportunities are specific activities or practices that are recommended to help us meet or move towards the desired conditions.  The strategy also sets Annual Business Practices (ABP’s) that are integral to operational and financial sustainability. Furthermore, the strategy identifies key steps into program integration into landscape scale reforestation and restoration efforts on the Forest. Read more...

Fire Management

Fire is now a more critical management tool than ever as the threat to property increases and the evidence of the ecological importance of natural fire becomes more established. When conditions are correct and specific management needs warrant change, forest managers allow fire to once again play a role in forest and grassland health. However, human safety is always the first consideration whether fighting fires or using fire to restore a natural process.  Read more...

Integrated Vegetation and Fuels Management 5 - 10 Year Action Plan

The forest completed its Five Year Action Planning process for integrated vegetation and fuels management projects. The effort was an eight-month long collaborative approach that included participation by members of local collaborative groups, local government, and tribal representatives. The group collectively updated the current filters, landscape screen and evaluation criteria, which helps guide vegetation and fuel management project selection on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. In addition to identifying priority landscapes on the forest, this process also provides better understanding of the varying perspectives the forest must balance when identifying out-year projects. The completed guide is the foundation for the next 10 years of vegetation management on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. For a list of Timber Sale projects click here. The 5-10 Year Action Plan Map shows the general location of planned projects on the forest. The Forest is working on outyear project planning. The Outyear Opportunity Map, also called a “heat” map, shows potential high priority focus areas for future projects based on insect and disease hazards and potential for fire risk.

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