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)
    • PowerPoint Presentation with audio from September 2016 Wilderness Evaluation Public Meetings
    • See below for more information on 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 ( or by phone (505-438-5442), and reservations will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Open House Opportunities

We have selected three Open House dates through the end of the year with a variety of resource specialists available at each. Depending on interest level, we may extend these opportunities to additional locations and resource topics in 2017. The Open Houses will have specific topics, but no agenda. They are windows of opportunity for you to drop in and interact with SFNF specialists about Plan Revision. We will bring our current work to share with you, get your input and ideas, and answer questions.

2016 Open House Details, all from 1-3:30pm:

  1. Thursday, October 20, at the Supervisor’s Office of the Santa Fe National Forest
    • Topics: Forest Plan, Recreation, and Range
    • Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508
  2. Monday, November 14, at the Walatowa Visitor Center in Jemez Pueblo
    • Topics: Forest Plan, Vegetation, and Heritage
    • Address: 7413 NM-4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024
  3. Wednesday, December 7, at the Supervisor’s Office of the Santa Fe National Forest
    • Topics: Forest Plan, Water, and Heritage
    • Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508

How to comment on Wilderness Evaluation

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 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
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM  87508