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.
September 2016 Plan Revision Update
This past summer we focused on addressing the remaining comments and refining the responses we shared in May, including providing additional information and clarity where it was requested by public members following our May release. Simultaneous to compiling the response to comments, we have also continued to prepare and add information to the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which analyzes the effects of the forest plan alternatives, including modifications that were made as a result of public comment.
Read the September 2016 Plan Revision Update to view response to comments and information on what we've been working on and where we're headed in the coming months. The proposed revised plan incorporates changes in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period held in 2013-4. The final responses to your comments will be included in the FEIS. Public comments are now closed as we work towards the final release of the plan projected for spring 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!