Forest Plan Revision
The Coconino National Forest is revising its Forest Plan! A forest land and resource management plan, or forest plan, provides integrated, forest-wide guidance for all forest uses and activities on National Forest lands.
May 2016 Plan Revision Update
As noted in the Spring 2016 Plan Revision Update we distributed last month, we received over 1,100 individual comments on the proposed revised plan and the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) during the 90-day comment period. Since the close of the 90-day comment period, we have been reviewing those comments and making adjustments to plan components. Now that we have completed that process, we would like to share that work with you and give you an idea of what we have been working on over the last two years. We are using these adjusted alternatives as we are preparing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
Read the May 2016 Plan Revision Update to view the revised plan, response to comments, and information on what we've been working on. The proposed revised plan is a incorporates changes in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period held in 2013-4. Public comments are now closed as we work towards the final release of the plan projected for June 2017.
Forest Plan Revision Background
Much has changed since the current forest plan was approved in 1987, including changes in public values and expectations from public lands, recreation demand and types of recreation uses, demographics and development patterns, and natural resource policy. Other changes have occurred on the landscape itself; and there have been advances in our knowledge about landscape processes, science, and technology. Even though amendments have been made to the plan, the forest plan does not fully reflect the current needs of the forest and neighboring communities.
For this reason, we are steadily making progress in a multi-year effort to review and revise the guidance in our current forest plan. The goal is to provide an improved forest plan that better reflects the current and future needs of the forest, wildlife and plant species, as well as the needs of people who live near and enjoy the beauty of the Coconino National Forest.
Public Participation is Welcome!
We encourage the public to participate throughout the plan revision process and believe stakeholder involvement and input will help to develop effective and sustainable forest guidance for the next decade and beyond. If you would like more information about the revision process to date, or if you have any questions, please contact the revision team.
Please regularly visit this Web site and our plan revision links for more information and updates. To see ways in which the public has already participated in the plan revision process view the Public Participation page.
You can also follow us on Twitter (@CoconinoNF) for regular event updates and notifications. Use the hashtag #CoconinoFPR in any of your tweets regarding the FPR!