The Forest Service is currently revising its Forest Plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Both forests are currently operating under the 1987 plan. The new Forest Plan will guide agency management for these two forests over the next ten to thirty years. A Forest Plan includes, but is not limited to:
1. Protected Areas
- Areas recommended for Wilderness - Management of roadless areas.
- Wilderness administration and stewardship.
- Recommendations for new wild and scenic rivers.
- Establishment of new Research Natural Areas.
2. Recreation Opportunities
- Analysis of non-motorized and motorized recreation, including mechanical (mountain bikes)
3. Desired Conditions
- 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.
FOC drafted an action alert during the most recent public comment period (February 2018) concerning the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which may be released December 2018.
FOC drafted a Citizen Alternative during scoping in 2014, which is when the agency announced its proposed action.
Learn more about our analysis of the Forest Revision scoping document.