Forest Plan Revision

 

 

At the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Smokey Bear waves from the Forest Plan Revision booth for the Santa Fe National Forest. In the predawn hours before the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, members of the Forest Plan Revision Team pause during their preparations for a photo with Smokey Bear. Forest Planner Jennifer Cramer gives a presentation about the Forest Plan Revision process. Santa Fe NF staffers answer questions from members of the public regarding Forest Plan Revision. Acting Collaboration Specialist Jessica Richardson talks about Forest Plan Revision with an interested citizen at the Rio Arriba County Fair. Forest Plan Revision Team member Shannon Kelardy gives a presentation at a Rio Arriba County Commissioners meeting. Collaboration Specialist Charles Clark at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

 

 

 

Forest Plan Revision Symbol

Welcome! The Forest Plan is an important document that governs all of our management actions. It is time for us to revise our existing plan. We invite you to work with us to develop a new plan that promotes a healthy, diverse, and productive Santa Fe National Forest. Our goal is to remain inclusive and efficient as we move through the collaborative planning process.

Are you interested in or affected by the way that Santa Fe National Forest is managed?

 

We want to hear from you!

 

What's New?

  • The Wilderness Process as part of Forest Plan Revision Wilderness Evaluation (Step 2)
    • See below for September 2016 Wilderness Evaluation Public Meetings
  • SFNF responce to Public Wilderness Comments July 2016
  • All information from our public meetings including Power Point and handouts can be found here.
  • We have finalized (see below) our Assessment and Need for Change statements according to the input we received in the Fall of 2015.
  • The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2016. This initiated a formal scoping period and Phase II of the plan revision process, as we develop the revised Forest Plan. We recognize that this notice has two dates for the end of the scoping period; August 5 and August 17.  August 17, 2016 is the actual closing date for the scoping period.  A correction was published in the Federal Register on 7/12/16.

Public participation and meetings

We are planning seven field trips to give members of the public the opportunity to see resources on the ground and have conversations with SFNF resource specialists.  The field trips will launch discussions on what should go into the Draft Forest Plan which will be written over the next year.  Space on the field trips is limited.  Attendees must register by email (santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us) or by phone (505-438-5442), and reservations will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

 

September 2016 Wilderness Evaluation Public Meetings

In September 2016, we have five general and five technical meetings on wilderness evaluation. These meetings are an opportunity for the public to learn more about the criteria that will be used to evaluate wilderness character and provide input on why specific areas may or may not have wilderness character. Meetings are being hosted by the five ranger districts across the forest.

 

General Meetings:

The agenda can for the general meetings can be found here.

 

Date

Time

Hosted By

Address

September 7

6-8pm

Española Ranger District

Education Building (Española Library)
On the Plaza (Behind Convento)
706 East Bond Street
Española, NM 87532

September 12

6-8pm

Cuba Ranger District

Sandoval County Fairgrounds
37 Rodeo Rd, Cuba, NM 87013

September 13

6-8pm

Pecos Ranger District

School Brd Rm (Across from Admin Bldg)
Pecos High School, Park at Track & Field
28 Panther Parkway, Highway 63 N
Pecos, NM 87552

September 19

6-8pm

Jemez Ranger District

Madonna Hall
0040 Legion Dr. HWY 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

September 20

6-8pm

Coyote Ranger District

Coronado High School, Auditorium
State Hwy 96 #1903, Gallina, NM  87017

 

Technical Meetings:

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about our internal process for wilderness evalatuion as well as being able to provide public input. The agenda for the technical meeting can be found here. We are asking for RSVPs for the technical meetings so we know how many people to expect. Please email santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us, or call 505-438-5442 if you plan to attend a technical meeting.

 

Date

Time

Hosted By

Address

September 7

1-4:30pm

Española Ranger District

Education Building (Española Library)
On the Plaza (Behind Convento)
706 East Bond Street
Española, NM 87532

September 12

1-4:30pm

Cuba Ranger District

Cuba Ranger District
4 County Road 11, #B
Cuba, NM 87013

September 13

1-4:30pm

Pecos Ranger District

School Brd Rm (Across from Admin Bldg)
Pecos High School, Park at Track & Field
28 Panther Parkway, Highway 63 N
Pecos, NM 87552

September 19

1-4:30pm

Jemez Ranger District

Madonna Hall
0040 Legion Dr. HWY 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025

September 20

1-4:30pm

Coyote Ranger District

Coronado High School, Auditorium
State Hwy 96 #1903
Gallina, NM  87017

 

How to comment

Comments are most useful if received by September 30, 2016.

Please include the area ID, found on the maps of Areas to be Evaluated for Wilderness character.

Any additional information to help identify specifically where within that area you are talking about is also useful.

The Forest has four ways to comment:

  1. Attend a General or Technical public meeting, where Forest Service staff will help you write your comment
  2. Mail a comment to 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508 or email your comment to santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us. This comment form may help you write your comment (PDF)(Fillable PDF).
  3. Comment on a map using the Arc GIS online (AGOL) system.
  4. Comment online using an online comment database. See the “Comment on Project” link on the top right of this page. (this link will be live on or around September 7, 2016)

Forest Plan Revision – Final Assessment

The final assessment evaluates current conditions and trends on 15 broad topics on the Santa Fe National Forest. The topics include ecological, economic, and social conditions, but the assessment does not provide any recommendations about what should be included in the new Forest Plan. Rather, the assessment is used to inform the Need For Change document that guides Phase II (Plan Revision) of the Forest Plan Revision process. Some portions of the final assessment have been modified considerably from the draft version based on public comments about the draft assessment. The Final Assessment was released on June 16, 2016.

Final Assessment Volume 1 (Ecological Resources)

Final Assessment Volume 2 (Socioeconomic Report)

Findings from the Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Need for Change Statements (A summary of the Final Assessment)

This document highlights 12 resources that, according to findings from the assessment, have the greatest need for a different direction in the Forest Plan. The assessment found that current conditions are not meeting management objectives for each of these resources for various reasons. Those conditions and reasons are summarized for each of the 12 resources below. In addition, need for change statements are provided for each of these focus resources.

 

A Shared Vision Through Forest Plan Revision

The video below describes the complexities of the past and the planning for the future of three northern New Mexico forests as they go through Forest Plan Revision. Special thanks to the Carson National Forest for producing this video.

 

Additional Information

These materials provide information about what wilderness is and the process the Santa Fe National Forest is undertaking to determine lands that may or may not be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System as part of Forest Plan Revision.

Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Presentation Video

Wilderness Meeting Brochure

Final Evaluation Criteria

Final Inventory Criteria

 

Click Here to Get Involved

The Forest Plan Revision process is expected to take several years. You will have many opportunities to engage during that time, from public meetings and workshops to virtual communication. Upcoming meetings and events will be posted here. Please stay tuned!

View the Public Participation Plan which includes what we heard from the public over the last year, a timeline of Forest Plan Revision, and great opportunities for the public to engage.
 
Click here for a summary of public inputs from the Forest Plan Revision Assessment Meetings that occured in April and May of 2014.

Contact the Forest Plan Revision Team

Santa Fe National Forest
Forest Plan Revision Team
phone:  505-438-5442
E-mail:  santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM  87508