Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests - Plan Revision

Forest Plan Revision

Revision Status: The Proposed Plan, DEIS, and Supporting Documents were made available for public review on February 15, 2013. The 90-day comment period ended on May 17, 2013. The final plan, FEIS, and Record of Decision are expected to be published Fall 2014.

What Does Plan Revision Mean?

The current Forest Plan as amended still provides a solid foundation for forest management. So, instead of starting over from scratch, planners will identify and retain parts of the existing plan that continue to work. New information will be incorporated. Existing policy that isn't working will be eliminated.

Background

The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 required every national forest to develop a plan. These plans provide broad direction for managing national forests for the American people. The plans are programmatic in nature, meaning they cover a large geographic area and the direction is broad in scope. The plan must be consistent with environmental laws and regulations such as the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.   Read More»

Documents

Our online document archive contains important documents related to the plan revision process. The Forest Plan Revision Update - December 2012 is now available.

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Timeline

Follow the forest plan revision process from start to finish with our timeline of events.
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PLANNING RULE STATUS

On March 23 2012 . . . 

The Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment has signed the final planning rule for land management planning for the National Forest System. The Forest Service will begin implementing the final planning rule 30 days following the publication of the rule in the Federal Register. Read More »


 

August 14, 2009

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed his vision for management of the nation’s forests. As part of his speech the Secretary requested that the Forest Service prepare a new planning rule. The Forest Service is working on that request now.   Read More »

June 30, 2009
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision in Citizens for a Better Forestry v. United States Department of Agriculture ordering the Forest Service to cease the implementation and use of the 2008 planning rule. The Forest Service is complying with the Court’s decision.

April 10, 2008
The Forest Service has just announced its final 2008 Planning Rule. The new rule will be effective on the date it is published in the Federal Register. Publication of the Record of Decision and the final 2008 Planning Rule is anticipated to be March 21, 2008 (date subject to change). There is no additional comment period on either the final environmental impact statement or the new planning rule.  Read More »

February 7, 2008
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the 2008 Planning Rule has been released. The Rule identifies the Forest Service’s preferred alternative and is a procedural move towards the implementation of a new planning rule. A decision on the final rule has not been made—that decision will be made by the Department of Agriculture after the FEIS has been available for 30 days.     Read more »News Release »

July 6, 2007—On March 30, 2007, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an injunction that ordered the Forest Service to discontinue use of the 2005 planning rule to amend or revise land management plans. The Forest Service is complying with the court order enjoining use of the 2005 planning rule. Any further planning actions will be in full compliance with existing laws and rulings.  

The current Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Plan was completed in 1987. In the years since then, many social and resource conditions changed, scientific information improved, and land management policies evolved. Though the plan was amended many times, some changes could not be addressed quickly or effectively.

In addition, the current Plan was developed under the 1982 "planning rule". That rule outlined the process of developing and amending forest plans nationwide.

Revision Team Organization

A "Core Team" will be dedicated to the plan revision process; however, a number of other teams comprised of specialists and managers will provide professional analysis and oversight. 

Forest Planner: Michelle Davalos (928) 333-6334
Ecologist: Mitchel White (928) 333-6348
Receration Planner: Evelyn Treiman (928) 333-6332
Wildlife Biologist: Linda White Trifaro (928) 333-6335
Soils/Watershed: Chris Nelson (928) 333-6303
Silviculture: Monica Boehning (928) 333-6311

 

 

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