The Forest Service is revising the Forest Pan for the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests. This plan will guide the agency for the next ten years (and possibly the next thirty years) on how these unique forests will be managed. The Forest Plan has a number of components, including recommended wilderness and wild and scenic rivers, standards for water quality, old growth, fish and wildlife habitat, as well as direction for soils, timber harvest, riparian buffers and motorized and mechanized travel. Both forests are currently operating under the 1987 plan. Below are some of the main components that the Forest Service is revising in the new plan.
- Wilderness administration and stewardship.
- Recommendations for new wild and scenic rivers.
- Establishment of new Research Natural Areas.
- Analysis of non-motorized and motorized recreation, including mechanical transportation (mountain bikes).
- Measurable and enforceable standards for sensitive soils, old-growth, riparian areas, water quality and fish/wildlife habitat.
- Wildfire management – prescribed fire.
- Road densities and annual timber harvest (Forest Service has indicated they have a goal of increasing the cut 3x – 4x current levels).
More About the Forest Plan Revision
- Sign the petition to protect wildlands and rivers in the Clearwater Basin.
- Learn more about our analysis of the Forest Revision scoping document.
- Read our guest opinion about Forest Plan Revision.
- Read our action alert for the Nez Perce – Clearwater Forest Plan Revision.
- Support our Citizen Alternative for the Nez Perce – Clearwater Forest Plan Revision.
- Forest Service evaluating additions to National Wild & Scenic Rivers System – 2018/2019.
- FOC requested a public meeting in January 2018 for citizens of Latah County.