Forest Plan Revision

Logo_Cibola_2012The Cibola National Forest, with your collaboration,  is revising the 1985 Forest Plan 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.


!!!NEW!!! Draft Assessment Report Released April 14, 2014

Plan revision begins by assessing the Forest's resources. The draft assessment of the resource conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability of the Cibola National Forest mountain ranger districts is ready for your review and input! Please scroll through the below links. We invite you to provide your contributions on the draft assessment and/or statements of preliminary needs for change to the existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan by any or all of the following:

Also, see what input others have offered on the assessment report or needs for change statements by visiting:

Thank you for your input to-date. We will continue to receive and consider your contributions through July 31, 2014. Both the assessment and preliminary needs for change statements are still in draft and will be revised following adjustments based on your contributions and/or additional analyses. The revised assessement and needs for  change statements will be posted on this site.

Because of its length, the draft assessment is posted in seperate volumes below. Please click on the below links to access the documents. Please note that the assessment is not a decision making document.

Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announcing the draft assessment posting on the web.

Executive Summary of Key Findings of the Assessment (updated May 12, 2014) 

NEW!! Updated Preliminary Statements of Needs for Changes to the Existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan (updated July 15, 2014). Updates (italicized) are from comments captured during all of the collaborative work sessions AND those received via email/CARA through July 15, 2014. Comments on needs for change statements will be received and considered through July 31, 2014.

Volume I – Ecosystems – Ecological Assessments (updated May 13, 2014)

Key concepts of ecological analyses

  • Vegetation
  • Soils
  • Water
  • Air
  • Carbon
  • Species
    • Threatened, endangered, proposed and candidate species
    • Species of conservation concern

Volume II – Human Systems – Social, Cultural, and Economic Assessments (updated May 21, 2014)

  • 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

Planning Team

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

Summer 2014 - Notice of Intent to Begin Plan Revision and to Prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS)

Summer 2015 - Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan and Draft EIS

Spring 2016 - Notice of Objection Period Prior to Approval of the Preferred Alternative and Final EIS

Fall 2016 - Notice of Plan Approval and Final EIS

Click here to see the Cibola National Forest Plan Revision Roadmap.

Other Forest Plan Revision Information