The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 (NFMA P.L. 94-588) required each National Forest to develop National Forest Land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans), and to update or "revise" them when conditions have significantly changed or at least every 15 years. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest completed its current Forest Plan in 1985 (USDA Forest Service 1985). To comply with NFMA a revision needs to be completed by the end of 2000. In 1997, Congress prohibited expenditure of funds on formal Forest Plan revision. In 1998 prohibitions were lifted for 14 national forests nationwide. The Wasatch-Cache National Forest was one of the 14 forests. These actions have combined to create an extremely short timeframe (21 months) for our revision effort. All six National Forests in Utah will be revising their Forest Plans within the next three to four years, as all existing plans will be running up against NFMA's 15 year deadline.
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, "Preliminary Analysis of the Management Situation Summary, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, April 1999" (1999). Forestry. Paper 1.