Ashley National Forest
Forest Plan Revision
Welcome to the Ashley NF Forest Plan Revision Webpage
The Ashley National Forest, located in northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming, is in the first phase of a three-phase forest planning process to revise our forest land management plan (also known as a forest plan). Our current plan was completed in 1986 and needs to be updated to address current ecological, economic and social conditions and trends that exist today.
Forest plans provide strategic direction for management of all resources on a National Forest for ten to fifteen years. They describe the outcomes we hope to achieve (desired conditions), and provide guidance for projects. Forest plans do not make site-specific decisions or require any specific actions, but all projects conducted on a National Forest must be consistent with the strategic direction in its forest plan.
This is a considerable effort that will take up to 4 years to complete. The Forest welcomes your participation in this process. In order to learn more about this process, please click here or on the image below.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW:
As we begin the planning process, we invite other governments, non-governmental parties, and the public to participate by contributing local knowledge and/or sources of data. Public participation during this phase helps us identify as much relevant information as possible to inform the plan revision process. We also encourage contributors to share their concerns and perceptions of risk to social, economic, and ecological systems in or connected to the planning area.
The Forest is currently in the assessment phase of the planning process. Public meetings were held in July 2016 to introduce the revision process and assessment requirements. A summary of public feedback from those meetings is available in the Quick Links menu on the right side of this web page.
Another round of meetings was held in late August to discuss specific aspects of the assessment, including the Wilderness Evaluation Process and preliminary identification of Species of Conservation Concern. Public input from those meetings as well as during the comment period is now being summarized and will be posted here soon.
Wilderness Evaluation Process - Completion of inventory and evaluation of lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
There are four components to the Wilderness Evaluation Process – inventory, evaluation, analysis, & recommendation. The inventory and evaluation will be conducted over the next two years of Forest Plan revision. The remaining analysis & potential recommendation will occur during the last two years of revision.
The Forest recently produced a draft inventory of areas to be evaluated that may potentially be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Criteria used in determining the draft inventory are described in the USDA Forest Service, Region 4 Wilderness Evaluation Process and Forest Service Land Management Planning Handbook 1909.12, Chapter 70.
To provide detailed information on the wilderness evaluation portion of forest planning, the Forest has developed a wilderness evaluation information sheet as well as a separate web application. The application provides a summary of the evaluation process and an interactive map to review the draft potential wilderness inventory.
Please click here or on the image below to visit our Wilderness Evaluation web application site.
Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) - Development of a preliminary list of species of conservation concern.
A description of the process and preliminary identification of the list of species of conservation concern can be found here Potential Species of Conservation Concern (abbreviated version) or (Potential Species of Conservation Concern (detailed version).
We express our appreciation to all who provided information and comments on the Draft Inventory for Potential Wilderness Evaluation and Potential Species of Conservation Concern. These comments are of great value and they are an important part of the evaluation process.
The Forest is currently in the process of reviewing these comments and will be considering them as we continue in the assessment phase of Plan Revision.
We expect to have a draft assessment ready for public review and comment in the winter of 2016-2017.
If individuals have additional questions or comments regarding the Ashley National Forest Plan Revision effort and its components, they may do so by submitting them as noted in the “Providing Comments and For More Information” section below.
PROVIDING COMMENTS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
You may provide comments or contact the Forest Service Planning Team in any of the following ways:
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
FOREST PLAN REVISION LIBRARY:
The Forest Plan Revision Library will host documents used throughout the revision process to assist in understanding the steps that have been taken and the products that have been developed.
HOW TO STAY INFORMED:
As public engagement opportunities are scheduled, announcements will be made via newspaper and radio spots, updates to this web site, and email notices to those who are on our mailing list. To be added to the mailing list, please contact us via one of the means listed above or drop by any Ashley National Forest office. Offices are located in Duchesne, Vernal and Manila, UT. Please be sure to indicate whether you prefer to receive information via email or standard (paper) mail.
The Ashley National Forest is committed to making this an open and transparent process. We encourage all interested parties to participate in the assessment as well as development of desired conditions, objectives, standards and guidelines that will guide future management activities on the Ashley National Forest.