Forest Action Plan

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Reducing threats to and enhancing benefits of Idaho’s Forestlands

The Idaho Forest Action Plan is a long-term, comprehensive, coordinated strategy for investing state, federal and leveraged partner resources. From communities to rural forestlands, focusing work in the highest priority areas allows leveraging of funds and coordination across ownerships as a highly effective way to address the most critical forest resource issues in Idaho at a scale that results in significant, positive changes.


Identify and conserve the highest priority forest areas for productivity, active management, biodiversity and other benefits

Strategies addressing the four most important benefits of Idaho’s forests and trees focus on supporting and enhancing our forest-based wood products markets, increasing water quality and quality, improving air quality—especially in urban areas, and improving habitat for wildlife and biodiversity.


Create and maintain forests resilient to uncharacteristic wildland fire, forest pests, human activities and other natural and unique stressors

Priority landscape areas identify where multiple high threat/benefit issues are found. Overarching goals and specific strategies within each PLA form a framework for multi-landowner collaboration. With a broad array of partners, the Idaho Department of Lands will implement strategies focused in the PLAs and which address multiple issues across landowner boundaries.


Enhance the value and benefit of forests for wood-products markets, clean air and water, and other values

Developed by a broad partnership of state and federal agencies, tribes, organizations and advisory groups, the Forest Action Plan provides focus to landowners, agencies, collaborative groups, and partnership efforts in identifying projects and activities to reduce threats to, and increase the benefits of, Idaho’s forestlands. The plan focuses on strategies that improve forest resiliency and health, lower the risk to communities and ecosystems from uncharacteristic wildland fire, and protect trees and forests from development in urban areas and conversion of forests to other uses in rural areas—actions that address the three most critical threats to forests in Idaho.