Francis Marion Plan Revision 2012 - 2016


Francis Marion National Forest Plan Revision


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Welcome to the Francis Marion Plan Revision where you can help us plan the forest's future! This web page serves as a one-stop resource for information associated with the plan revision process.


The Francis Marion Revised Plan is Available!

 We are starting the next phase of the forest plan revision process for the Francis Marion National Forest. After four-years of a public collaborative process, we have released the draft Record of Decision, Francis Marion Revised Plan and the associated Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).  The legal ad ran on August 26 and is used for the start of the 60-day objection period. Printed and electronic copies of these documents will be available upon request by calling 803-561-4000. Click below for more information.

Draft Plan Revision Documents and Draft Plan Revision Fact Sheet

(Some documents, although compressed pdfs, are large and may take a short while to load fully. We appreciate your patience!)

Ecological Sustainability Evaluation (ESE) Tool and Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

Public Participation is Welcome!

We encourage the public to participate throughout the plan revision process and believe stakeholder involvement and input will help to develop effective and sustainable forest guidance for the next decade and beyond.  The public comment period on the draft forest plan and associated draft environmental impact statement has closed. Please be patient, we are carefully reviewing your comments and figuring out the best way to incorporate your recommendations to improve the forest plan. In the meantime, if you have a question for the planning team, please email us at



To view all scoping comments received during the comment period, please visit the Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA) reading (Once a comment is submitted, it may take up to 24 hours for it  to register in the reading room).

Scoping for the Proposed Action

The Plan Revision Process

Changes since the 1995 Plan

Since we completed the last Francis Marion Land and Resource Management Plan in 1995, the communities surrounding the Francis Marion have grown and changed significantly. Now we face different opportunities and challenges, and we need your help.

Developing the New Forest Plan

With your help, we have developed the new plan under the 2012 forest planning rule, which places great emphasis on public involvement and collaboration. As part of the revision process, we have held multiple Community Conversations in Charleston and Berkeley Counties and intend to hold more.

Supplemental Material

From time to time, we'll post supplemental material that relates to the new plan, especially when we need your input. If you don't see what you're looking for here, please check our background information page for older documents.