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


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!

Forest Plan Revision Symbol

There will be several opportunities for you to participate in the revision process, beginning in 2014. We also plan to consult with area Tribes as well as local, state, and federal agencies to get their feedback.

The revision process involves three phases:

  1. Assess the condition of forest resources
  2. Develop a revised plan
  3. Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the plan

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!

Fall 2015 “Need-for-Change” Meetings Dates and Locations      

10 Need-for-Change meetings, October 26th to November 17th, throughout the Santa Fe National Forest.  Need-for-change statements recommend changing 1987 Forest Plan as new Forest Plan develops.  Public input needed to propose need-for-change statements as well as edit proposed statements.


      Meeting Schedule:








Mora Independent School

Board Room

10 Ranger Rd.
Mora, NM 87732



Eichwald Center


Martinez Drive
Cuba, NM 87013



Mesa Public Library

Rooms 1, 2, and 3

2400 Central Ave
Los Alamos, NM 87544



New Mexico Highlands University

STEC rooms 203 and 204

1031 11th Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701



Coyote Elementary School


St. Highway 96
Coyote, NM 87012



Pecos Elementary School

High School Library

10 Panther Pkwy, Hwy 63 N
Pecos, NM 87552



Santa Fe National Forest Supervisors Office

Conference Rooms A and B

11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87508




Science and Education Center

Canceled due to weather

Jemez Springs Conference Room

090 Villa Louis Martin
Jemez Springs, NM 87025



UNM West

Room 2222
(2nd floor)

2600 College Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

12/04/2015 6:00-8:00pm

Valles Caldera National Preserve Headquarters and Administration Building (formerly the Science and Education Center)

Rescheduled  11/16 Meeting

Jemez Springs Conference Room 090 Villa Louis Martin
Jemez Springs, NM 87025




Need-for-Change Meeting Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:20           Welcome and introductions
  • 6:20-6:35           Presentation on how “need-for-change” meeting fits into the Forest Plan Revision process
  • 6:35-7:45           Breakout sessions where the public creates and edits proposed “need-for-change” statements
  • 7:45-8:00           Summary and evaluation


Need-for-Change Meeting Handouts

Understanding Need-for-Change Statements

  • Break down of the components in a Need-for-Change Statement

Need-for-Change Worksheet

  • Build your own Need-for-Change Statement  


Draft Assessment

The Assessment rapidly evaluates current conditions and trends on 15 topics on Ecological, Economic, and Social conditions, and does not provide any recommendations about what should be in the Forest Plan.  The Santa Fe National Forest Draft Assessment was released on October 20, 2015.


Findings from the Draft Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Preliminary Need for Change Statements

  • Document highlights twelve resources that, according to findings from the Draft Assessment, have the greatest needs for different plan direction. For each resource, the Draft Assessment found that current conditions are not meeting management objectives for various reasons. Those conditions and reasons are summarized for each of the twelve resources. In addition, preliminary Need-for-Change statements are provided for each of these focus resources.


Contact the Forest Plan Revision Team

Santa Fe National Forest
Forest Plan Revision Team
phone:  505-438-5442
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM  87508


What's New?

Findings from the Draft Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Preliminary Need for Change Statements

10 Need-for-Change meetings, October 26th to November 17th, throughout the Santa Fe National Forest. 


Draft Assessment Volume 1. (Ecological Resources)

Draft Assessment Volume 2. (Socioeconomic Report)

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.