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?


We are having an additional public meeting to identify lands that may or may not be suitable for designated Wilderness in Abiquiu!

Abiquiu Wilderness Public Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Joe Ferran Gym
                      Abiquiu Church Plaza
                      Abiquiu NM 87510

  • All information from our public meetings including Power Point and handouts can be found here.
  • We are finalizing our Assessment and Need for Change statements according to the input we received in the Fall of 2015.
  • The Notice of Intent will be published in the Federal Register this Spring. This will initiate a formal scoping period and Phase II of the plan revision process, where we will start to develop the revised Forest Plan.
  • All public comments about Wilderness designation must be submitted by May 20, 2016, by email or mail.  Public meeting handouts can be used to submit comments, however we will accept comments in any format.


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 Public Meeting Information

Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Power Point with Audio

Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Presentation Video

Wilderness Public Meeting Schedule

Wilderness Public Meeting Agenda

Bilingual English/Spanish Wilderness Public Meeting Handouts(PDF)(Editable)

Wilderness Meeting Brochure

Wilderness Meeting Flyer

April 28, 2016 Technical Meeting Information

Wilderness Technical Meeting Agenda

Draft Evaluation Criteria

Draft Inventory Criteria

Technical Meeting Evaluation Comment Form (PDF)(Editable)

Technical Meeting Inventory Comment Form (PDF)(Editable)


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.

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
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM  87508