The El Yunque National Forest is located in the eastern part of Puerto Rico.
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Help Plan El Yunque's Future   

The El Yunque National Forest is revising its Land and Resource management plan (referred to as the “revised forest plan” using the 2012 forest planning rule for the National Forest System . This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved.  

The plan updates the 1997 Forest Land and Management Plan for El Yunque and will provide strategic direction to guide management of forest resources and be a framework for decision making for site specific projects and activities.

Where are we now in the process?

A draft Forest Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will soon be posted for a 90 day public comment periond.  The draft plan will address potential desired conditions, management objectives, and other plan components based on identified need-for-change.  The Plan will develop various alternatives to be considered and a draft EIS will analyze the effects upon the environment of each of the alternatives.  

Forest Plan Revision Schedule

The El Yunque National Forest began revising its Forest Plan in 2012 using a collaborative approach and the use of the best available science under the new planning guidelines.  The following table outlines the planning phases, process and activities and provides links to key documents or information for each phase of the planning process.

Process/Product

Activity

Proposed Date

Assessment

  • Evaluate existing and relevant data and information
  • Assess sustainability of social, economic and ecological resources within the plan area and a broader landscape
  • Begin collaboration and communication processes

January 2014

Proposed Action

  • Utilizes information gathered from the assessment, review of key findings and identifies proposed actions to be used to develop the Forest Plan

September 2014

Notice of Intent

  • Notification to Revise the land management Plan in Federal Register with a 45 scoping period for public comment on the Proposed Action

September 2014

Need for Change

  • Highlights those areas of the 1997 Plan to be updated in the revised Plan

September 2014

Draft Plan
(in progress)

  • Address potential desired conditions, management objectives, and other plan components based on identified need for change
  • Develop alternatives for issues with differing options

Available August 2016

Draft EIS
(in progress)

  • Develop a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects upon the environment of each of the Plan alternatives

Available August 2016

Public comment on Draft Plan and EIS

  • Obtain public feedback on proposed plan and draft EIS
  • Comments are used to prepare a final EIS

August 2016 - November 2016

Objection Process

  • Prior to approving the preferred alternative, the public may raise issues related to the Plan revision and suggest ways to improve the plan decision

January 2017

Final Decision

  • Made by El Yunque National Forest Supervisor

March 2017

Implementation and Monitoring

  • Forest Service implements the Plan and begins on-going monitoring

May  2017

 

The Forest Plan Revision Collaboration, Communication and Conversationssection includes information on the collaborative planning process and activities to date.

To view comments received during the comment period, and at community and focus group meetings please visit the Comments Analysis and Response Application (CARA) reading room

If you would like to send comments or suggestions about Forest Plan revision you can download this comment form and use it to send comments or suggestions about the Forest Plan revision process.   Or send an email to: commentselyunquepla n@fs.fed.us