Forest Plan Revision
The Cibola National Forest, with your collaboration, is revising the 1985 Forest Plan with amendments for the "mountain districts"—the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts.
The Cibola was one of eight national forests selected to be the first to implement the 2012 planning rule. The proposed directives to support the new planning rule have guided the Cibola's efforts thus far. The final directives (effective January 30, 2015) have recently been published in the Federal Register and will guide the Cibola's effort going forward.
Plan revision began by assessing the Forest's resources. The updated assessment documents (Volumes I & II) below assess the resource conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability of the Cibola National Forest mountain ranger districts. The Forest received contributions from the public, government and non-government entities, and tribes on the draft assessment and statements of preliminary needs for change to the existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan during the period April 14 through July 31, 2014.
Because of its length, the updated assessment is posted in seperate volumes below. Please click on the links below to access the documents. Please note that neither the assessment nor the preliminary needs for change statements are decision-making documents.
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Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman Announcing the Publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (dated February 3, 2015)
Executive Summary of Key Findings of the Assessment (updated February 9, 2015)
Volume I – Ecosystems – Ecological Assessments (updated February 9, 2015)
Key concepts of ecological analyses
Threatened, endangered, proposed and candidate species
Species of conservation concern
Volume II – Human Systems – Social, Cultural, and Economic Assessments (updated February 9, 2015)
Cultural and historic resources and use
Areas of tribal importance
Social, cultural, and economic conditions
Multiple uses and their contributions to local, regional, and national economies
Recreation settings, opportunities, and access, and scenic character
Existing designated areas
Infrastructure, such as recreational facilities and transportation and utility corridors
Land status and ownership, use and access patterns
Renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources
Literature Cited (updated February 9, 2015)
Federal Register Notice of Intent (February 9, 2015)
Comments will be of most value to the Cibola if received by April 3, 2015. Please send comments to email@example.com or to Forest Planner, 2113 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
A Core Team has been dedicated to the timely completion of the plan revision process. Many other Forest Service resource specialists lend their expertise to the effort as well. more
Tentative Plan Revision Schedule
Fall 2012 - Informal Notice of the Beginning the Assessment Phase
Spring 2014 - Availability of the Assessment Report for Public Review
Winter 2015 - Notice of Intent to Begin Plan Revision and to Prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS)
Winter 2015–2016 - Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan and Draft EIS
Winter 2016–2017 - Notice of Objection Period Prior to Approval of the Preferred Alternative and Final EIS
Summer 2017 - Notice of Plan Approval and Final EIS
Click here to see the Cibola National Forest Plan Revision Roadmap.
Other Forest Plan Revision Information
Announcement of 2nd input period for the inventory of lands potentially suitable for wilderness (November 4, 2014)
Volume I – Ecosystems – Ecological Assessments (updated May 13, 2014)
Volume II – Human Systems – Social, Cultural, and Economic Assessments (updated May 21, 2014)
Literature Cited (updated May 21, 2014)
Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman inviting participation in the June public and tribal collaborative work sessions.
Comments on Assessment Report from May 2014 Public/Tribal Meetings (updated June 9, 2014)
Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announcing the draft assessment posting on the web (dated April 14, 2014)
Assessment Data Sources for the Mountain Districts Forest Plan Revision
Glossary of Forest Plan Revision Terms
November 2012 Public Meetings Summaries
Assessment Scoping Comments Received as of 06/26/2013