Routt NF Land & Resource Management Plan

The below text is from the plan.  The full documents can be downloaded at the USFS site linked below.

Reasons for the Decision 
"This ROD explains the rationale and basis for my decision to select Alternative C for implementation and to approve the Revised Routt National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. I am selecting Alternative C because it takes the Forest in the direction it needs to go by achieving the four priorities described previously on pages 1 and 2 and restated below: 
· Ensuring the long-term health of the land. 
· Implementing a balanced program featuring a sustainable output of multiple uses. 
· Continuing the emphasis on high-quality dispersed recreation opportunities. 
· Being a good neighbor to the people and communities who rely on and value the Forest."

"Purpose of the Revised Plan 
A forest plan provides guidance for all resource management activities on a National Forest. 
1. It establishes forest-wide multiple-use goals and objectives. [36 CFR 219.11(b)] 
2. It establishes forest-wide standards and guidelines to fulfill the requirements of 16 USC 1604 applying to future activities and the resource integration requirements found in 36 CFR 219.13 through 219.27. 
3. It establishes management area direction (management area prescriptions) applying to future activities in a management area (resource integration and minimum, specific management requirements). [36 CFR 219.11(c)] 
4. It designates lands as suited or not suited for timber production [16 USG 1604(k)] or other resource management activities. (36 CFR 219.14, 219.15, 219.20, and 219.21) 
5. It establishes monitoring and evaluation requirements. [36 CFR 219.11(d)] 
6. It provides recommendations to Congress for the establishment of wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and other special designations, as appropriate. 
Forest plans estimate future management activities, but the actual amount of activities accomplished is determined by annual budgets and site-specific project decisions. Because budgets rarely provide enough money to fully implement a forest plan, scheduled activities and actions must be adjusted to match available funds. While budget changes do not require forest plan amendments, the implications of those changes may."

"Implementation of the Forest Plan 
A forest plan provides the framework to guide the day-to-day land and resource management operations of a National Forest. Other guidance is summarized in Appendices A, B, and C. The Forest Plan is a strategic, programmatic document that does not make project-level decisions. Those decisions are made after more detailed analysis and further public comment. NFMA requires that resource plans and permits, contracts, and other instruments issued for the use and occupancy of National Forest System lands be consistent with the forest plan. The following are some examples of project decisions that require more detailed environmental analysis: 
· Timber harvesting and related activities, such as slash disposal and road construction. 
· Range allotment management plans. 
· Fish or wildlife habitat improvement projects. 
· Watershed improvement projects. 
· Decisions for winter-sports development, outfitter/guide proposals, and other externally generated projects involving occupancy and use of National Forest System lands. 
Resource inventories, action plans, and schedules are not binding decisions and do not require additional environmental analysis at the project level. Public involvement is a key part of implementing the forest plan. Monitoring and evaluation reports are available annually for public review."

Eric Meyer,
Nov 20, 2018, 3:40 PM