Forest Plan Revision: Timeline

 

 Background of the Forest Plan Revision Process

 The process to revise the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) 1987 forest plan began with public and Forest Service employee meetings back in 2006. Those meetings posed the question “what needs to change in the current forest plan or current forest management?” Public and employee input were supplemented with science-based planning documents including the Economic and Social Sustainability Assessment, Ecological Sustainability Report, and the Comprehensive Evaluation Report (CER). The CER summarized the existing conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability that would indicate where the 1987 forest plan did not provide adequate guidance for the present and future management of the ASNFs. The CER also described changes needed to bring the 20+year old management plan up-to-date. The reports were later supplemented to meet requirements of the Analysis of the Management Situation (AMS), a component of the revision process specified under the provisions of the 1982 planning rule. Links to these documents can be found here.

 

Forest Plan Revision Accomplishments

Spring-Fall 2006

Public and Forest Service employee meetings to identify need for change

January-February 2007

Public and Forest Service employee meetings to obtain more information on the issues and topics we have heard so far, as well as input on what they felt was most important

March 2007

U.S. District Court in California enjoined the Forest Service from using the 2005 planning rule

November 2007

Meeting to provide technical information regarding the processes and science used in the development of the Comprehensive Evaluation Report

April 2008

The 2008 planning rule is published in the Federal Register

August 2008

The initial set of draft desired conditions are made available for review and comment

September 2008

Public meetings to gather feedback on the draft desired conditions

December 2008

Comprehensive Evaluation Report and related documents (Ecological Sustainability Report and Economic and Social Sustainability Assessment) are available for review and comment

December 2008

Notice of Initiation (to revise the forest plan) is published in the Federal Register

June 2009

The Working Draft Land Management Plan is available for review and comment

June 2009

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined the Forest Service from using the 2008 planning rule

December 2009

Notice of Intent (to revise the forest plan and to prepare an EIS) is published in the Federal Register; revision efforts proceed following the provisions of the 1982 planning rule

March-April 2010

Public and Forest Service employee meetings to gather feedback on draft alternatives

May 2010

Finalize alternatives and begin analysis and development of the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) and Proposed Plan

May 2011

Wallow Fire – 538,000 acre fire on the Apache National Forest interrupts plan revision

August 2011

ID planning team begins to inventory, assess, and document the changed conditions caused by the Wallow Fire. The information is used to update the DEIS

April 2012

The Forest Service publishes the final rule and record of decision for the 2012 planning rule. The Apache-Sitgreaves NF plan revision continues under the provisions of the 1982 planning rule as allowed by the 2012 planning rule.

January 2013

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests publish the DEIS and Proposed Plan for a 90-day comment period.

August 2015

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests publish the FEIS, Final Plan, and Record of Decision.

 

 



Key Contacts

Forest Planner
Tom Greene
(928) 333-6268



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5227671