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Forest Plan Revision

Revision emblemWelcome to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests Plan Revision page, where you can help us plan the Forest’s future. This web page serves as a one-stop resource for information associated with the plan revision process.  A forest plan provides a general framework to guide a forest in managing its resources, goods, and services. Forest plans are consistent with and do not override law, regulation, or established policy.


The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that forest plans be periodically revised – it is time for us to revise our existing plan.  Guidance in the Forest Service's 2012 Planning Rule directs forest plans to be science-based and developed with extensive public involvement and collaboration throughout the revision process.  Specific guidance can be found in the 2012 Final Planning Rule Directives.


We invite you to work with us to develop a new plan that promotes a healthy, diverse, and productive GMUG National Forest. Our goal is to remain inclusive and efficient as we move through the collaborative planning process.




Plan Revision Timeline

The plan revision process involves three phases:

Phase I-Assessment

Assess the condition of forest resources - determine the "Need for Change" 

  • Draft Assessment - Fall 2016
  • Preliminary Need for Change - Fall 2016/Winter 2017

Phase II-Revision

Revise the plan through an Environmetal Impact Statement

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Winter 2018
  • Revised Plan, final Environmental Impact Statement - Fall 2018

Phase III-Monitoring

Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the plan  

  • Final Record of Decision signed - Winter 2019
  • Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the plan - Ongoing      


Planning Timeline