TRAIL MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES
Management Objectives (TMOs) are documentation of the intended purpose
and management of an NFS trail based on management direction, including
TMO Sheet for the Bitterroot National
spreadsheet shows only the trails in the Bitterroot National Forest.
How Do You Read the
What are the Clearing
Heights and Widths of Trails?
It's important to recognize that
trail clearing standards differ depending on the user type, so Trail Classification 2 for hikers is different
than Trail Classification 2 for stock use. This sheet also shows the clearning height and width for each
Trail Class based on the user type.
More Information Available: Answers, How To Work with USFS, Why
We're Doing This, and TMOs for All of Montana
The BCH of Montana
website has much more information available, including TMOs statewide, Trail Classification
descriptions, how to work with the Forest Service to make changes, and lots more. Click here to access
their TMO page.
A Brief Explanation about
Manage each trail to meet the TMOs identified for that trail, based on
applicable land management plan direction, travel management decisions, trail-specific decisions, and other related
direction, and based on management priorities and available resources. For each NFS trail or NFS trail segment,
identify and document its TMOs, including the five Trail Fundamentals, Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
classifications, design criteria, travel management strategies, and maintenance criteria. (FSM 2353.12)
TMOs are fundamental building blocks for trail
management. They synthesize and document, in one convenient place, the management intention for the trail and
provide basic reference information for subsequent trail planning, management, condition surveys, and reporting.
The documentation of TMOs for each NFS trail makes good management sense and are a prerequisite for completing an
effective trail condition assessment survey and subsequent prescription for work needed to meet
A trail cannot be effectively managed or a determination made of what’s
needed to meet standard until basic questions like these have been answered: What is the purpose of the
What type of use is the trail being managed for? What is the intended level
of development of the trail? In the past, some trails have been managed based largely on the type or amount of use
they were currently getting, without sufficient consideration of the intended use or future trends and needs. This
sometimes resulted in managing a trail for a type or level of use that was not compatible with the trail management
direction, design, or location. Establishing and communicating the intended TMOs for each system trail is a
proactive step that prevents this from occurring.