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Healthy forests do not happen by chance and require investments of dollars, time and expertise. State Foresters work with partners and landowners to achieve national-level conservation and economic goals that are outlined in the state assessments and strategies, collectively referred to as the Forest Action Plans.
The Forest Action Plans are a strategic roadmap for trees and forests and help direct limited resources to priority areas where they are needed most. These documents offer proactive strategies to conserve, protect and enhance the trees and forests upon which we all depend. Click here to learn more about how the assessments and strategies were developed nearly 10 years ago.
Forest Action Plan updates are required at least every 10 years. This toolkit serves to help guide state forestry agencies during the revision process.
- Memo from State and Private Forestry leadership [Download]
- Statewide Forest Assessments and Strategies Requirements Checklist [Download]
To facilitate access to the revised documents for review and analysis work, a web tool will be developed to allow for electronic upload and review of the revised Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies.
Uploading documents to this location will be the official means of submitting assessments and strategies for all states except the island and territory members. Alternate arrangements will be made for receiving electronic copies of these eight State Forest Assessments and Strategies.
Additional information about this digital platform and submission process is forthcoming in fiscal year 18.
- Due dates for this 10-year revision, and future five-year reviews, are based on when each individual state last completed a full update or full revision to their Forest Action Plan.
- For states that have not completed a full revision since 2010 (even if some substantive changes were made to portions of the Forest Action Plan), the deadline for revisions is June 2020.
- Every national priorities section or report (submitted in fall 2015) should be revised, along with the assessments and strategies by June 2020.
Additional milestones in the revision process are forthcoming.
- Forest Action Plan Implementation: Lessons learned from the Northeast and Midwest [Download]
- Sample communications video highlighting Forest Action Plan priorities [Watch on YouTube]
Though not required, in many states there may be an opportunity to collaborate or coordinate with National Forest System land management planners during their revision process. Helpful documents are below.
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