Forest Plan Revision

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (the Cibola) is revising its 1985 Land and Resource Management Plan (forest plan) for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts. The Cibola is one of five National Forests 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 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 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 Cibola 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's draft plan and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) was published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019; this initiated the 90-day comment period that ended November 7, 2019. The Cibola's draft plan and DEIS are available to review and download. 

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

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

and maps and relevant documents

now available

Open-house public meetings were held to discuss the Cibola draft plan and DEIS. Maps and other planning materials were available for review, and Forest Service personnel were 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