Northwest Forest Plan

Interagency Regional
Monitoring Program

Northwest Forest Plan Monitoring


The Northwest Forest Plan encompasses 24 million acres of federal land managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service in western Washington, Oregon, and northwest California within the range of the northern spotted owl. The Plan’s objectives are threefold:

The goal of the regional monitoring program is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Northwest Forest plan in achieving its management objectives on Federal Lands in the planning area.  Monitoring focuses on important regional scale questions about older forests, populations and habitat of northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets, watershed health, federal agency relationships with Indian tribes, and socioeconomic conditions in communities closely tied to federal lands.