Forest Plan Revision

Logo_Cibola_2012The Cibola National Forest, with your collaboration,  is revising the 1985 Forest Plan with amendments 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. The final directives (effective January 30, 2015) have recently been published in the Federal Register and will guide the Cibola's effort going forward.

Plan revision began by assessing the Forest's resources. The updated assessment documents (Volumes I & II) below assess the resource conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability of the Cibola National Forest mountain ranger districts. The Forest received contributions from the public, government and non-government entities, and tribes on the draft assessment and statements of preliminary needs for change to the existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan during the period April 14 through July 31, 2014.

Because of its length, the updated assessment is posted in seperate volumes below. Please click on the links below to access the documents. Please note that neither the assessment nor the preliminary needs for change statements are decision-making documents.

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Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman Announcing the Publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (dated February 3, 2015) 

Preliminary Statements of Needs for Changes to the Existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan (updated February 9, 2015). Updates include comments captured during all of the collaborative work sessions AND those received via email/CARA or postal mail through July 31, 2014, or postmarked by that date. 

Executive Summary of Key Findings of the Assessment (updated February 9, 2015) 

Volume I – Ecosystems – Ecological Assessments (updated February 9, 2015)

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 February 9, 2015)

  • 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 (updated February 9, 2015)

Federal Register Notice of Intent (February 9, 2015)

Comments will be of most value to the Cibola if received by April 3, 2015. Please send comments to comments-southwestern-cibola@fs.fed.us or to Forest Planner, 2113 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

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

Winter 2015 - Notice of Intent to Begin Plan Revision and to Prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS)

Winter 20152016 - Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan and Draft EIS

Winter 20162017 - Notice of Objection Period Prior to Approval of the Preferred Alternative and Final EIS

Summer 2017 - Notice of Plan Approval and Final EIS

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

Other Forest Plan Revision Information

Announcement of 2nd input period for the inventory of lands potentially suitable for wilderness (November 4, 2014)

Introducing the new Collaborative Mapping Tool for identifying potentially suitable wilderness areas

The Cibola recently conducted four Potential Wilderness Inventory Workshops. Click here to view the presentation from the workshops.

Updated Preliminary Statements of Needs for Changes to the Existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan (updated August 7, 2014). Updates include comments captured during all of the collaborative work sessions AND those received via email/CARA or postal mail through July 31, 2014 or postmarked by that date.

Comments on the assessment report or preliminary needs for change statements through 7/31/14: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/ReadingRoom?project=NP-382

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

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

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

Literature Cited (updated May 21, 2014)

Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman inviting participation in the June public and tribal collaborative work sessions.

Comments on Assessment Report from May 2014 Public/Tribal Meetings (updated June 9, 2014)

Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announcing the draft assessment posting on the web (dated April 14, 2014)

Assessment Data Sources for the Mountain Districts Forest Plan Revision

Glossary of Forest Plan Revision Terms

November 2012 Public Meetings Summaries

Assessment Scoping Comments Received as of 06/26/2013