Forest Plan Revision
Forest management is guided by direction from a forest plan. The current plan was developed in the early 1980s. By law, forest plans must be revised every 15 years. The GMUG has begun the process of updating or revising the forest plan. Some direction in the current plan may still be valid; some may not. The planning team is reviewing current plan direction, listening to the communities and incorporating the latest science to revise the plan.
A forest plan does not make project-level decisions. It provides the framework within which project decisions can be made on a case-by-case and site-specific basis.
Status of Forest Plan Revision (December 2009)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA Forest Service is beginning an open, collaborative process to create and implement a modern planning rule to address current and future needs of the National Forest System, including restoring forests, protecting watersheds, addressing climate change, sustaining local economies, improving collaboration, and working across landscapes. The Forest Service published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on December 18, to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to develop a new planning rule that will provide a framework for management of national forests and grasslands.
The Forest Service is seeking public involvement in developing a new direction for local land managers. A 60-day comment period on the NOI will begin upon publication in the Federal Register on Friday, December 18, 2009. Comments will be used to shape the focus of the collaborative dialogue and creation of a proposed rule.
The GMUG National Forest Plan revision is expected to resume when a new planning rule is in place and the final Colorado Roadless Area decision has been made. For more information on the new planning rule process and planning rule history click here
Proposed Forest Plan (March 2007)
Comprehensive Evaluation Report (CER - December 2006) identifies areas where the land management guidance in the 1983 Forest Plan need to change referencing the information contained in the comprehensive assessments.
Comprehensive Assessments (CAs) of conditions and trends includes volumes on terrestrial resources, watershed and aquatic resources, geologic and mineral resources and human uses of the forest (available on CD only). Minerals and geology pieces are posted for reference to current issues.
Put on page with CERs
Public Involvement Process summarizes public participation activities and provides information on collaborative learning tools and techniques used throughout the Forest Plan revision.
Forest-wide Information on the following specific resource areas include:
leasable and locatable minerals
vegetation and timber coverage maps
insect and disease risk maps
wilderness (history and map of designated wilderness areas
special management area information (RNAs and SIAs)
GMUG roads analysis report
Forest Plan Revision documents and summary of activities (2003 - 2005) including. preliminary proposed action maps, management themes descriptions, geographic area information and landscape working group recommendations are available on request.