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Land and Resource Management Planning
Each National Forest has a Land and Resource Management Plan. This document, usually referred to as the Forest Plan, describes how the forest will be managed for the 10-15 year period after it is adopted. The Forest Plan for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests was adopted in September of 1987.
National Forest and Resource Management Planning is performed in compliance with a number of legal mandates. Two important laws related to National Forest planning are the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (RPA) and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA) which amended RPA. The specific rules that govern the forest planning process are published in the Code of Federal Regulations.
1987 FOREST PLAN
FOREST PLAN PROGRAMMATIC AMENDMENTS
The Idaho Panhandle Forest Plan Record of Decision was signed in September 1987. Since then there have been a number of programmatic amendments to the plan.
The 1987 Forest Plan requires that a Monitoring and Evaluation Report be completed each year. The purpose of this report is to determine how the IPNF is doing in meeting the goals outlined in the Forest Plan. Monitoring reports for the last five years are maintained on this website.
We have started the process of revising our Forest Plan in tandem with the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. Forest Plan Revision is a complex process that will require extensive public involvement and collaboration with many groups and agencies. The Kootenai/Idaho Panhandle Zone (KIPZ) Forest Plan Revision web page contains more information including documents, schedules for public meetings, etc.
Persons wanting additional information on forest plan revision should contact:
KIPZ Forest Plan Revision
Attn: Jodi Kramer
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83815-8363
Phone: (208) 765-7235
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Last updated: 04/27/09
Idaho Panhandle National Forests / USDA Forest Service