Francis Marion Plan Revision 2012 - 2016
Welcome to the Francis Marion Plan Revision web page. You can help us plan the forest future! Submit your comments and suggestions by email at email@example.com. To receive email alerts, click here.
Here you will find information as it becomes available – dates and locations for Community Conversations (public meetings and workshops), inter-disciplinary (ID) team meetings, documents, press releases, frequently asked questions, public comments, the results of public meetings and workshops, maps…basically, any information associated with the plan revision process.
The Forest Service completed the previous Francis Marion Land and Resource Management Plan, more commonly known as the forest plan, in 1995. It focused on managing the Francis Marion in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the forest in 1989.
During the last 16 years, the communities surrounding the Francis Marion National Forest have grown and changed significantly. Now we face different opportunities and challenges, and we need your help.
The new forest plan will be developed under the 2012 forest planning rule, which places greater emphasis on public involvement than ever before. We have excellent relationships with many private landowners, local communities, agencies and other organizations on the coast; however, we need more information and input as we move forward with this new, important planning effort.
You may find more answers by viewing the Frequently Asked Questions webpage of our national planning office.
Materials for Ecological Sustainability Forum held on Aug. 6, 2013:
Thank you for attending the Ecological Sustainability Forum. Below you will find materials from the forum. Your continued feedback on forest planning is valued, and your input will be used to help improve future public meetings.
Requested Information from Forum Participants
Past Public Meetings and Materials
Gathering Existing Information
So far, we have assembled a Francis Marion plan revision core planning team. We are getting the word out about the planning process, plan components and how they work together. With ongoing input from stakeholders and the public, we are developing a collaborative strategy…with more to come.
The assessment of resource trends and conditions is also getting underway. Forest Service staff is gathering information that will help inform the assessment. Early next year we'll be hosting an assessment workshop (time and location TBD) to get your input so we have the best available scientific information.
Collaboration is an ongoing process where two or more people or organizations work together toward an intersection of common goals. During the plan revision, the Francis Marion National Forest will rely on collaboration throughout the process (more).
Forest Plan Revision Strategy
One of the questions that the Forest Service is most often asked is, “How are you going to get this done?” The Forest Planning staff has put together a tentative strategy and timeline (more).