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. 

We need your help today!

We are proud to announce the release of the Francis Marion National Forest's Draft Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (draft plan)  and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The draft plan will guide management activities on nearly 260,000 acres of National Forest System lands in South Carolina’s lowcountry for the next 10 to 15 years. It is the first draft plan and DEIS developed under the 2012 Planning Rule to be released anywhere in the country.

At a glance:  Plan Revision Fact Sheet

Plan Revision Documents

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

To learn more about the draft plan, please join Francis Marion District Ranger Rhea Whalen and other plan revision team members at public meetings we plan to hold in October. Dates, locations and other details will be posted below. You can also follow us on Facebook at

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.  Publication of the DEIS Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on August 14, 2015 initiated a 90-day comment period on both the plan and the DEIS. Please submit your comments prior to the close of the comment period and clearly state your concerns. You can submit your comments in the following ways:




U.S. Mail


Francis Marion Plan Revision Comments
4931 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212

**Please note: when you submit a comment using the online option, please be certain you click the "I am not a robot" button! You should receive confirmation of your successsfully submitted comment in a pop-up box. 

...or leave a geolocated comment using our Talking Points Collaborative Mapping webpage


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).

Public Meetings:

Our first public meeting, scheduled for October 6, IS CANCELED due to the extensive flooding in South Carolina.

 Join us for a public meeting on October 27, from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center. Click here for details. To register, please email or call 803-561-4000


Plan revision timeline 2012 - 2016

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.