Forest Plan Revision

!!! UPDATE – August 9, 2019 !!!

The Notice of Availability (NOA) has been published August 9, 2019 in the Federal Register and the 90-day comment period is from August 9, 2019 through November 7, 2019. Please see the How to Comment page and use this link to submit a comment electronically through the online commenting tool CARA.

UPDATE – August 5, 2019 – The previously posted Mount Taylor Ranger District - Alternative C map in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was incorrect and has been updated. Recipients of printed copies of the DEIS were sent the previous, incorrect map and will soon receive the updated map. In the meantime, please refer to the updated Mount Taylor Ranger District - Alternative C map.

Plan Revision Process

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (Cibola) is revising its 1985 Land and Resource Management Plan for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts. The Cibola is one of five National Forests (NFs) in New Mexico.  It comprises four mountain ranger districts in central New Mexico and four grassland units in northern New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Cibola’s current plan revision effort encompasses the four mountain ranger districts, covering more than 1.6 million acres. The Kiowa/Rita Blanca, Black Kettle, and McClellan Creek National Grasslands are addressed separately in the Kiowa, Rita Blanca, Black Kettle and McClellan Creek National Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan which was completed in 2012.

The Land and Resource Management Plan (forest plan) provides a general framework to guide the management of forest resources, goods, and services. Forest plans are consistent with and do not override law, regulation, or established policy. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that Forest Plans be periodically revised, usually every 15 years.

Revisions to the Cibola’s 1985 Forest Plan are overdue, and a lot has changed on the Forest and in surrounding areas since then. Scientific understanding and technology have progressed, social and cultural influences and demands have changed, and stressors and threats to sustainability have increased. Some species have become rare and their persistence and viability are threatened.

The guidance in the Forest Service's 2012 Planning Rule directs forest plans to be science-based and developed with extensive public involvement and collaboration throughout the revision process.  Specific guidance can be found in the 2012 Final Planning Rule Directives.

Where are we now in the process?

The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Cibola National Forest Draft Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, which initiates the 90-day comment period from August 9, 2019 to November 7, 2019.

The Cibola’s Draft Plan and DEIS are available to review and download. The 90-day comment period is active and the public may submit electronic, written, or hand-delivered comments concerning these draft documents; please refer to the How to Comment page. To be accepted, all comments must be postmarked by the last date of the comment period, November 7, 2019 at 11:59:59PM. Electronic comments are preferred via the online commenting tool, Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA), at this link.

How to Get Involved

Cibola Collaborative Groups

The Cibola Collaborative groups provide an opportunity to get involved with the forest plan revision.  Find out more about our Collaborative Groups including links to their websites and contact information.

Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

We greatly appreciate the commitment of interested participants who have provided important contributions toward the development of the Draft Plan to date.

Cibola Draft Land Management Plan (LMP)

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

and maps and relevant documents

now available

Open house public meetings will be held to discuss the Cibola Draft LMP and DEIS. Maps and other planning materials will be available for review and Forest Service personnel will be present to answer questions.

Cibola National Forest - 2019 Public Meeting Schedule


Joint public meeting with the Santa Fe, Carson, and Cibola National Forests

August 20, 2019  2 pm – 6 pm  (3-Forest presentation at 2 pm)

Santa Fe Community College

6401 Richards Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87508


Mountainair Ranger District

August 27, 2019  5 pm – 7 pm

Dr. Saul Community Center

107 Roosevelt

Mountainair, NM 87036


Mount Taylor Ranger District

September 5, 2019  5 pm – 7 pm

Old Cibola County Building

515 W High St

Grants, NM 87020


Magdalena Ranger District

September 17, 2019  5 pm – 7 pm

Magdalena School/Fine Arts Center

201 Duggins Dr

Magdalena NM 87825


Sandia Ranger District

September 26, 2019  5 pm – 7 pm

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center-West Social Hall

501 Elizabeth St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87123