Public Involvement

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What is Happening Now

    The Ashley Forest Plan Revision team has completed the preliminary draft version of the Forest Plan, and is about to begin a process called Scoping.  Scoping is the time to receive public reaction/input to the plan.  Scoping is scheduled to begin in May 2019.  The public will be informed of the start of scoping through the release of a Notice of Intent, which will be published in the Federal Register*.  Scoping will last 60 days.  The Ashley National Forest invites public involvement throughout the process.  You can comment to the Ashley at any time, and we will inform you of time frames when we are officially seeking comment.

*The Federal Register is the official journal of the Federal government that contains rules, proposed rules and government notices.

How to Stay Informed:

     As public participation opportunities are scheduled, announcements will be made via newspaper, radio, updates to this web site, Facebook, and email notices to those who are on our mailing list.  To be added to the mailing list, please click the "Subscribe for Updates" or the "Forest Plan Revision Email List" tab above (above-right), or drop by any Ashley National Forest office.  Offices are located in Duchesne, Vernal and Manila, Utah.

     The Ashley National Forest is committed to making this an open and transparent process.  We invite you to participate in the entire Forest Plan Revision process so that you can help guide future management activities on the Ashley National Forest.

Providing Comments or for More Information:

You may provide comments or contact the Forest Service Planning Team in any of the following ways:

  • The preferred method to comment is online at our comment system here.
  • By standard mail: Ashley National Forest, Attention: Forest Plan Revision, 355 North Vernal Avenue, Vernal, UT 84078-1703
  • By email:
  • By phone: (435) 781-5118


Helpful links:

2018 Public Meetings

Forest Revision Plan Wording/Style Guide

Forest Revision Plan Government Guide

Preliminary Need for Change. The Ashley National Forest produced an Assessment Report in 2017 that indicates items that need management direction changes (for short, we call them Needs for Change).  These areas have become the focus for the Plan Development, in which we are currently working.   We will seek public input on these items in early 2019.  Please watch the website for upcoming dates of these events.


Hot-Topic Workshop Opportunities

Sillouetts of a table and two people sitting in chairsHot Topics Workshops – The Ashley National Forest produces Hot Topics Workshops in areas of interest to the public.  The goal of the workshops is to bring together the public with knowledgeable academic and Forest Service staff, to identify desired conditions (current and future) for these topics.  We try to resolve issues and create a tomorrow that helps both the Ashley and the community.  Any workshop that becomes scheduled in 2019 will be announced through this Webpage, Facebook, email (if you request to be on the list), radio and newspaper.



The 2012 Planning Rule’s Effect on Forest Planning


     The 2012 Planning Rule guides the way the Forest Service produces modern Forest Land Management Plans (Forest Plans).  For instance, The Rule calls for each National Forest to use the best available science in conducting analysis, when a National Forest updates its Forest Plan.  The Rule also mandates that each National Forest get the public involved throughout its Forest Planning process, rather than just at the end (which has happened).

     The following is an abridged version of an article that appeared in the Journal of Forestry (January 10, 2019 – Volume 117, Issue 1), entitled “The Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule and its Implementation: Federal Advisory Committee Member Perspectives”

     Author Martin Nie discusses the impact of the 2012 Planning Rule on modern Forest Planning, but also his participation in the National Advisory Committee, which was created in 2012 (ending in 2018) to help implement the Planning Rule.  People on the committee represented several interests that are heavily involved in Forest Planning - to include timber, environmentalists, science and the public.  The author got committee members to give their perspectives on the Planning Rule and the role the committee played in shaping Forest Planning.


Key Contacts

Cathleen Neelan, Forest Plan Revision Team Leader