The El Yunque National Forest has begun revising its Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. It will be updated and revised as new information becomes available.
Here you will find information and links to planning documents and reports, dates for meetings, press releases, maps, briefing papers and ways to comment or be involved in the process.
Since the release of the current 1997 Forest Land and Management Plan El Yunque’s natural resources and the communities surrounding the Forest have changed and new information and technologies are now available to help us analyze and plan on how to best manage the Forest into the future. We face different opportunities and challenges now than we did then. The new forest plan will be developed using the 2012 forest planning rule which places greater emphasis on collaboration and public involvement than ever before. While we have good relationships with many of our partners, stakeholders , neighbors and visitors we need more information and input to move forward with this important planning effort.
Forest Plans provide strategic direction to guide management of forest resources and provide a framework for decision making on site-specific projects and activities. The new planning rule directs Forest Plans to be science-based and developed collaboratively with stakeholders interested in the management of national forests. The El Yunque National Forest is committed to collaboration, improving transparency in the process, and strengthening the role of public involvement through dialogue on Forest plan issues.
Forest Plan Revision Phases
Tentative Plan Revision Schedule
The planning process will take place in the following phases:
The El Yunque National Forest is currently planning communication and collaboration efforts for the Forest plan revision. The Forest will begin the formal planning phase in January 2014 including holding public workshops and meetings to discuss the assessment and working collaboratively to develop activities for public involvement, dialogue, and communications.
We need your help in planning the future of the Forest. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org