Examples of Potential Topics and Corresponding Policies that May Be Covered in Step-Down Plans

602 FW 4
602 FW 4, Exhibit 1, FWM 355, 6/21/2000
Originating Office
Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning
Step-Down Plan TypePotential Topics and Their Service Manual References
Natural Resources
  1. Habitat and Species Step-down Planning (Service Manual Part 602)
  2.   Integrated Pest Management (Service Manual Part 569)
  3.   Minerals Management (Service Manual Part 612)
  4.   Cooperative Agricultural Use (Service Manual Part 620)
  5.   Fire Management (Service Manual Part 621)
  6.   Population Management (Service Manual Part 701)
Special Values
  1. Special Area Management (Service Manual Parts 603, 605, and 610)
  •  Wilderness
  •  Research Natural Areas
  • Public Use Natural Areas
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers
    The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 established the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and authorizes Congress to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. The act encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.

    Learn more about Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • National Trails

    2. Cultural or Archaeological Resources (Service Manual Part 614)

Visitor and Community Engagement 

Visitor Services, including Wildlife-Dependent Recreation (Service Manual Parts 603 and 605):

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife observation
  • Wildlife photography
  • Environmental education
  • Interpretation

Note: Service-led research, inventory, and monitoring activities may be associated with various step-down plans. Plans solely focused on inventory, monitoring, or research (e.g., Inventory and Monitoring Plans) are not considered step-down plans for the purposes of the policy in 602 FW 4.