Each national forest and national grassland is governed by a land and resource management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans outline management direction, including desired future conditions, suitable uses, monitoring requirements, goals and objectives, and standards and guidelines. Monitoring of conditions on a national forest or national grassland ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and determines effects that might require a change in management direction.
Forest and Grassland Land and Resource Management Plans
The Medicine Bow National Forest, Routt National Forest, and Thunder Basin National Grassland each have separate plans. Monitoring reports are completed every two years for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. To view these plans and reports, click here.
As part of a national effort, we conducted an analysis of National Forest System roads to identify the minimum road system needed “for travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands.”
LaVA was developed to respond to unprecedented landscape-level tree mortality from bark beetles and other forest health issues that have affected hundreds of thousands of acres across the Medicine Bow National Forest since the late 1990s.
Forest Health Protection in the Rocky Mountain Region (Region 2) provides direct support to managers of federal and tribal lands on issues related to forest health, especially insects and diseases.
More than 4 million acres of forest in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming are affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, which was triggered by an extended drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In recent years, dramatic changes in black-tailed prairie dog populations and increasing conflicts have indicated the need to change the grassland plan to allow Federal land managers to be more responsive to a variety of environmental and social conditions.