The U.S. Forest Service uses monitoring as the basis for continuous improvement of a land and resource management plan (forest plan). Monitoring provides information for adaptive management of the area and resources within the planning area. The objectives for a forest plan monitoring program in an adaptive management framework include:
Creating a learning environment to support decisions.
Evaluating progress toward achieving desired conditions.
Enabling us to determine where changes may be needed in forest plan components, other plan content, and plan implementation strategies, including changes to the monitoring program.
Each forest plan has its own monitoring program. We use information gathered through the monitoring program to understand the effects of implementing the forest plan. A monitoring program helps us determine if a change may be needed to improve forest management.
They are sharing the preliminary draft monitoring programs for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. If you think they should change the monitoring questions or indicators that are included in the monitoring programs, let them know. Feedback is most useful if submitted by October 23, 2015, and can be provided via web-form: http://tinyurl.com/earlyadoptersfpr.