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
Winter2014- Availability of the 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
Fall 2014- Availability of the Assessment Report for Public Review
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
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 the spring 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.
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.