The Montana Forest Action Plan helps conserve and protect the health of forests all across Montana.

The Montana Forest Action Plan consists of a group of statewide stakeholders and tribal nations who reassess forest conditions, identify areas needed for treatment and develop a plan to accomplish landscape-scale forest restoration. 

The action plan provides recommended goals and strategies for Montana forest restoration, thanks to the collaborative work from the Montana Forest Action Advisory Council. Former Montana Governor, Steve Bullock, comprised the Advisory Council through an executive order in July of 2019. The council includes representatives from local, tribal, state, and federal governments. Others include conservation organizations, recreation and tourism centers, and other partners actively involved in forestry issues. 

The Montana Forest Action Advisory Council devises consensus-driven solutions to help amplify ongoing work for forestry conservation and find more ways to work together across jurisdictions and boundaries. Part of the action plan requires a statewide assessment of forest conditions looking over six main topics; wildfire risks, overall forest health and economics, biodiversity/habitat conservation, human and community health, and urban and community forestry. Other topics included in the assessment are climate change and how it relates to Montana forests. It also goes over the history of forests and their ties with indigenous people. Data collected from the assessment helps identify priority areas for focused attention to develop strategies to restore and conserve state forestry.

The purpose behind the Montana Forestry Action Plan originated from a passage in the 2008 Farm Bill requiring states and territories to develop assessments for state forest conditions. This requirement helped develop assessments for state forest conditions every ten years, regardless of ownership. Officials created the action plan to address issues through strategies aligned with the national priorities of the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry programs. States must complete plans for eligibility for program funding.

Since the Montana Forestry Action Plan was created twelve years ago, the state has received roughly 50 million dollars from the Forestry Program. The funds are used to help conserve working landscapes, protect forests from diseases and insects, encourage private landowners to manage their land, and ensure the health of Montana forests and urban forest ecosystems.