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?

  • Comment on Wilderness Draft Inventory Maps (see below), most helpful before August 15, 2016.
  • SFNF responce to Public Wilderness Comments (see below) 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.


Wilderness Draft Inventory Maps

Below are Draft Inventory Maps, Step 1 in a four-step process to identify and evaluate lands that may or may not be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System as part of Forest Plan Revision. This Draft Inventory generally excludes areas with public roads, the most noticeable man-made improvements, and stand-alone areas considered too small to manage as Wilderness. Once finalized, the Inventory will be evaluated for Wilderness characteristics (Step 2) and analyzed for impacts of potential designation (Step 3) prior to any potential recommendation to Congress (Step 4). There will be additional public meetings to gain input during evaluation (Step 2).

Comments on this map are most helpful before August 15, 2016. Email or mail to: Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

Comment Form for Use with Draft Inventory Maps.


Public Comments on Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Criteria (July 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 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

Wilderness Meeting Brochure

Wilderness Meeting Flyer

April 28, 2016 Technical Meeting Information

Wilderness Technical Meeting Agenda

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