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A national review has begun and you're invited. The future of your forests is up to you.

Forest Plans
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How to Shape Your National Forests

Each National Forest and Grassland in the National Forest System operates under management identified in a Forest Plan. Over the years these plans are updated in a process known as Forest Planning. That's where you come in! The Forest Service needs the public's help in deciding what changes need to made in a given forest. Updating Forest Plans serves as an opportunity to look at what is working and what may not be working. We can change management direction, prioritize certain things over other things, etc., but we need your help. Join this conversation and have a say in the management of your national forests.

Your Forests. Your Future.

A nationwide review has begun and you're invited. New plans are in the works by the US Forest Service for how your National Forests will be managed. Join the conversation today!

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Defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964 as areas:

  • 1. Affected primarily by the forces of nature, where man is a visitor who does not remain;
  • 2. Possessing outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation;
  • 3. Federally owned, undeveloped, and generally over 5,000 acres of size;
  • 4. Protected and managed to allow natural ecological processes to operate freely;
  • 5. Containing ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historic value;
  • 6. Formally designated by Congress as Wilderness
  • The Wilderness Evaluation Process


    Determine what lands to consider for Wilderness recommendation based on the size, roads, and improvements (man-made features on the landscape) criteria.

    Each area is further examined to determine if it has Wilderness characteristics.

    Analyze the effects of recommending any or all of the areas identified in the evaluation phase for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS).

    Issue a decision whether to recommend specific areas for inclusion in the NWPS.

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    Large wildfires used to be described as being between 1500 and 2000 acres. This was during the 10 a.m rule, which stipulated that fires must be controlled or contained by 10 a.m following the report of a fire. Because of past suppression efforts, modern day large fires are in the millions of acres. During forest planning there are opportunities to re-think the role natural fire should be playing to improve forest health.

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    As part of Forest Plan Revision forests must identify and evaluate the eligibility of rivers for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This is accomplished by first determining if a river is determined to be eligible by applying a series of criteria. Next a determination of whether this river is suitable for designation is made. There are opportunities for you to get involved in this process during every step. Stay tuned for more information on how and when to get involved.

    Stay in touch - we will be updating the public throughout this exciting process!