Process Overview

Exemptions to existing policies and/or standards and guidelines are occasionally developed to improve Northwest Forest Plan implementation. Sometimes, exemptions are developed to meet new challenges not foreseen in the original plan or to clarify wording. These exemptions are typically developed and rigorously reviewed by interagency teams of NWFP and topic specialists. Additional exemptions may be requested by the field at any time.

Recent Policy Documents

Exception to Survey and Manage pre-disturbance survey requirements for wildland fire for resource benefits. The purpose of this memorandum is to document an exception to pre-disturbance survey requirements for wildland fires for resource benefits outside of designated Wilderness. The use of wildland fire burning within prescribed parameters is one tool to meet ecosystem management needs. The type of prescriptions that meet these goals typically result in longer term habitat maintenance, and reduce the risk of a larger scale more intense fire. July 31, 2003.

Silvicultural Exemption Criteria

Standards and Guidelines (S & Gs) in the ROD provide that silvicultural activities are subject to review by the REO (NWFP ROD, pages C-12, 13, 19, and 26). The S & Gs also state the REO may develop criteria that would exempt some activities within Late-Successional Reserves and Managed Late-Successional Areas from review. The following exemption criteria for silvicultural projects have been developed: