Carson National Forest Plan Revision

Welcome to Carson’s forest plan revision page, we are glad you are interested in the Carson National Forest Plan Revision Process. Under the new 2012 planning rule, we will be engaging the diverse set of stakeholders and community members who have an interest in or who are affected by the management of the Carson National Forest beginning in late fall of 2014.

The forest plan revision process is grounded in science and public input, and seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife, while supporting the economic vitality of our rural communities. It will provide opportunities for public involvement and collaboration throughout all stages of the planning process, as well as opportunities for Tribal consultation and coordination with state and local governments and other federal agencies.

The revision process involves three phases: assessment of forest resource conditions and trends, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction. Each phase will include opportunities for public participation and collaboration.

The Carson NF has now officially begun the assessment phase of its plan revision process. This one-year phase is an assessment to rapidly evaluate existing information about relevant ecological, economic, cultural, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability and their relationship to the Carson National Forest’s current forest plan, within the context of the broader landscape.

Tentative Plan Revision Schedule

  • Feb 27, 2014 – Notice of Initiating the Assessment Phase of the forest plan revision published in the Federal Register
  • Winter 2014- Availability of the draft Assessment Report for Public Review
  • Spring 2015 - Notice of Intent to Begin Plan Revision and to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • Winter/Spring 2017 - Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan and Draft EIS
  • Winter/Spring 2017- Notice of Objection Period Prior to Approval of the Preferred Alternative and Final EIS
  • Fall 2017- Notice of Plan Approval and Final EIS

Documents and Resources

Public Participation Strategy

Carson Forest Plan Revision Fact Sheet

Carson Forest Plan Revision Fact Sheet (en Espanol)

Organizing for Public Participation Workshop – March 14 & 15

Notice of initiating the assessment phase-federal register notice

Carson National Forest Listening Session Summary


We Would Like to Hear From You!

The Carson NF is holding two workshops to work with stakeholders and community members to develop a mutual strategy for public participation during the plan revision process. More information is provided on the attached document – Organizing for Public Participation Workshop March 14 & 15.

As part of the Assessment process, the forest will engage the public beginning in May/June of 2014, in a series of public meetings to listen and learn about their concerns about existing conditions and trends and perceptions of risks to social, economic, and ecological systems which impact them and their communities.  The Carson NF will provide more information on this website on these workshops in late April 2014.

Listening Sessions

The Carson National Forest in collaboration with the Santa Fe National Forest invited key stakeholders and community representatives to participate in listening sessions. The listening sessions were facilitated by a Forest Service National Collaboration Cadre over the course of 4 days – Jan 31 and Feb 01, 02, and 04. The listening sessions are the first step in designing an effective public participation strategy in assisting each forest as the start their forest plan revision process.  This information helped guide the planning of our Organizing for Public Participation Workshops in mid-March and will be used to help guide the planning of future public meetings/workshops.

The information heard during the listening sessions is captured in a report prepared by the National Collaboration Cadre for the Carson National Forest and is included in the Document and Resources section with the following caveat:

Cadre members recorded by hand the comments of the public to the best of their ability. The listening session comments and findings are not comprehensive and reflect the views and opinions of those who attended and not necessarily the larger community. Cadre teams did not verify the accuracy of the statements made or challenge participants on the validity of their comments. Cadre team members believe that whether the statements are accurate or not is not as important as the Forest staff learning about and understanding the perceptions, information, and judgments people share among themselves and with other parties.

Important Note:  Names and physical and e-mail addresses submitted on this website, or in response to any request for comments, will be included in the record for forest plan revision and may be released to the public if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.