Carson National Forest Plan Revision

Plan Revision Process

Welcome to the Carson’s Forest Plan revision page. The Carson is currently in the process of revising its existing forest plan under the 2012 planning rule. Under the 2012 rule, plan revision takes approximately 4 years and involves three distinct phases: 1) assessment of the current conditions and trends of forest resources and multiple uses, 2) development of a revised plan, and 3) monitoring and implementation of the final approved plan.

The Carson started the assessment phase of its plan revision in Feb of 2014. We expect to complete our draft assessment in early spring of 2015. In developing the assessment we are identifying and evaluating existing current ecological, economic, and social conditions and trends using the best available scientific information and local knowledge to determine sustainability as it relate to our existing forest plan. 

Development of a revised forest plan should begin in late summer/early fall of 2015. This phase will take 2 1/2 to 3 years and will include the collaborative development of a draft proposed plan, followed by the beginning of the NEPA process. During the NEPA process we ask for public input on the draft proposed plan, develop draft alternatives to the draft proposed plan, and develop a draft environmental impact statement (EIS). After a public comment period develop a final plan and EIS. This is followed by an objection period. The last step is approval of the final forest plan and EIS.

Monitoring and implementation occur after the final plan is approved. Monitoring is designed to provide feedback on whether the forest plan is meeting its objectives. Using this adaptive management approach we will continually improve the forest plan.

Tentative Plan Revision Schedule

  • Feb 27, 2014 – Notice of initiating the assessment phase of the forest plan revision published in Federal Register
  • Late Summer 2015 – Notice of intent to begin plan revision and to prepare environmental impact statement (EIS)
  • Late Spring/Early Summer 2017 – Notice of Availability of draft proposed plan and draft EIS for comment
  • Summer/Fall 2017 – Notice of objection period prior to approval of the preferred alternative and final EIS
  • Fall/Winter 2017 – Notice of plan approval and final EIS

Public Participation and Plan Revision

Public input, feedback, and collaboration are some of the effective ways members of the public can participate in the forest plan revision process. In June of this year the Carson held 14 meetings in communities around the forest to listen to and learn how people value the forest and why it is important to them. The statements we heard from the public at these meetings are now available on our website. These statements will help in the assessment of the economic, social, and cultural benefits people receive from the forest.

Sometime in early in 2015 we will hold additional public meetings in communities around the forest to present our draft assessment and our draft “preliminary need to change the plan” based on the results of the assessment. A clearly articulated need to change the plan will support the development of the draft proposed plan. These meetings will be interactive with the public providing input on what they see as needing to change in the plan. Sometime in late 2015 we will begin the collaborative process and developing our draft proposed plan.

More detailed information will go out to the public and be posted on this website as the dates get closer for these future public meetings. If you specific questions regarding our forest plan revision process please email us or contact the Forest Planner at 575-758-6221.

Contact us:
Phone:  (575) 758-6221

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.