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Forest Action Plan

Leading forest management in the West

Montana’s Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources covers all forestland, regardless of ownership type and was accomplished using geographic information system (GIS) analytic techniques. Results of the analysis will be used to direct the future deployment of the 2008 Farm Bill programs as they relate to planning, information and education, technical assistance or financial assistance, and may be used to demonstrate the value of forests and forestry to the regional economy, environmental health, and quality of life.

Our Forest Action Plan will help guide future USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry program funding to where it will be most beneficial. The plan also provides a new way to describe the region’s distinctiveness and can be used to inform policy makers, stakeholders, and concerned groups, empowering the region to communicate its unique attributes and better quantify its management challenges. Knowing where the forest resources and social values are, where they are most vulnerable, and where they are most valuable will be indispensable as the DNRC positions itself as the lead stakeholder of forestry issues in the region.

Best Management Practices

Montana’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Forestry Division.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from  NASF’s 2015 BMP survey  and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Montana Forestry Publications

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