Forest Planning

Forest Planning
White River National Forest in Colorado.
Photo by: Scott Mecum, USDA

The National Forest System (NFS) is made of public lands managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), comprised of over 190 million acres of land. Most of this land is in the mountain ranges of the Western U.S. The mission of the USFS is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that every National Forest or grassland managed by the USFS develop and maintain a Land Management Plan (also known as a Forest Plan).

The Forest Plan includes standards and guidelines for activities, including: timber, grazing, mining, oil and gas drilling, recreation as well as fish and wildlife habitat, invasive species control, species diversity, and cultural and historic resources.

Public Participation

The Forest Plan requires public participation. There are opportunities in the public participation phases of the plan to protect what is left of our wild places and protect our most vulnerable species.

Here at Rocky Mountain Wild, we work to protect National Forests managed by the USFS: