Timeline and Phases

Where are we now in the process?

In winter 2019, the draft plan and associated draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) will be released for public comment with a 90-day formal comment period. Prior to the formal draft release, the Cibola’s draft plan and DEIS will be made available for public preview. Please note that we will not be accepting formal comments at this time; this will be a time to preview the plan and prepare for the formal comment period anticipated in early 2019. We anticipate making this draft plan available for preview in September 2018. See our timeline below for the steps involved before we reach a formal comment period.

Timeline

To see a list of past activities and planned future activities, slect a year to view the milestones or view the timeline document:

Milestones to Date

2012

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Sept. 2012 Initiated discussions about Forest Plan revision with tribes during routine project consultation meetings.  Tribal Consultation 
Nov. 2012  Initial outreach and kickoff of forest plan revision of the 1985 Cibola Forest Plan for the 4 mountain ranger districts. Public meetings were held in Albuquerque, Tijeras, Mountainair, Corona, Torreon, Magdalena; and at Cibola and McKinley County Commissions in Gallup and Grants. Received public input on conditions, trends, and risks to resources, goods, and services provided by the Cibola.  Communication Strategy Presentations on process Public Comments 
Mar-13 Presentation about Plan revision efforts to Southern Pueblos Council at Isleta Resort and Casino.  Tribal Consultion Presentation on process
Apr-14 Released the draft assessment report on ecological, social and economic conditions, trends, risks to sustainability for public review and comment. Public Comments 1st draft Assessment Report 
Apr-14 Presentation about status of plan revision efforts to Southern Pueblos Council at Acoma Pueblo. Tribal Consultation  Presentations on process
May-14 Held public meetings in 8 communities to discuss the draft assessment report (Albuquerque, Grants, Magdalena, Mountainair, Santa Fe, Socorro,Tijeras, Torreon). Public Comments 1st draft Assessment Report 
Jun-14  Four Intertribal Collaborative Work Sessions to discuss draft assessment report held in Gallup, Grants and Albuquerque.  Tribal Consultation 1st draft Assessment Report

2014

Dates Activity Development of Products 
June – July 2014  Public work sessions were held in 6 communities to discuss needs for change to the plan (Gallup, Grants, Socorro, Albuquerque, Mountainair, and Torreon). Public Comments Needs for Change
Aug-14 Initial development of Phase 1 draft of wilderness inventory process and maps Phase 1 draft Wilderness Inventory Process Report with Results and Maps
Sept. – Nov. 2014 Began process for identifying and inventorying lands that may be suitable for wilderness consideration. Introduced the online Collaborative Mapping Tool. Held 1st round of meetings in 5 locations (Albuquerque, Cañon de Carnuel,  Grants, Mountainair, and Socorro). Continued public input on needs for change, started input on Phase 1 draft inventory process and maps.  Public Comments Needs for ChangePhase 1 draft Wilderness Inventory Process Report with Results and MapsCollaborative Mapping Tool

2015

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Dec. 2014 – Jan. 2015 Began reviewing public input on needs for change and Phase 1 draft inventory process report with results and maps to develop Phase 2 draft inventory process report with results and maps for review. Needs for Change Phase 2 draft Wilderness Inventory Process with Maps
Feb. 2015  Published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS in the Federal Register, needs for change document, and assessment report based on public input. (60 day comment period).  Public Comments Notice of Intent to start revision process Needs for ChangeFinal Assessment Report 
Apr-15 Received public input from Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS, needs for change document, and assessment report.  Used input to develop preliminary draft forest plan and options for alternatives (released in July 2015).  Needs for Change Final Assessment Report Preliminary Draft Plan Preliminary Issues and Alts. 
Apr-15 Kick-off meeting of cooperating agencies to co-convene and improve the public engagement process.   Revised Communication Strategy
Apr-15 Formed 4 Landscape Teams (1 at each district) and 1 Oversight Team as part of Forest Service Interdisciplinary Team (5 teams totals).  Memorandums of Understanding with Cooperating Agencies for Landscape Teams 
May – July 2015  Co-convened Interdisciplinary Team and Landscape Teams members and developed draft visions, desired conditions, and management area maps for the preliminary draft plan. Coordinated design and outreach plan for public meetings, field trips, web and news releases and public review of Phase 2 draft wilderness inventory process report with results and maps and Phase 1 draft wilderness evaluation process report.  Design and Outreach Plan
 1st draft Visions1st draft Desired Conditions
1st draft Management AreasPhase
2 draft Wilderness Inventory Process Report with Results and Maps  Phase
1 draft Wilderness Evaluation Process Report
July – Sept. 2015 Forest Service and Landscape Teams co-hosted 11 public workshops and field trips to review draft visions, desired conditions, management area maps, and Phase 2 draft wilderness inventory process report with results and maps and Phase 1 draft wilderness evaluation criteria for lands that may be suitable for wilderness (60 day comment period). Meeting locations: Placitas, Gallup, Corona, Ramah, Grants, Magdalena, Albuquerque, Mountainair,Truth or consequences, Canuel, and Torreon Public Comments 1st draft
Visions1st draft Desired Conditions
1st draft Management AreasPhase
2 draft Wilderness Inventory Process Report with Results and Maps  Phase
1 draft Wilderness Evaluation Criteria

2016

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Oct. 2015 - June 2016  Cibola specialists and Landscape Teams jointly reviewed and coded public comments and developed a preliminary draft plan with draft roles and contributions, core themes, visions, desired conditions, standards and guidelines, management areas (with wilderness recommendations), monitoring questions, and alternatives with options.  Cibola specialists developed Phase 3 draft wilderness inventory process report with results and maps and Phase 1 draft wilderness evaluation process report and results with maps that may be suitable for wilderness.  Preliminary Draft Plan (see details for public release in July 2016)
Mar-16 The Cibola and the Landscape Teams jointly designed a Shared Stewardship Workshop to reach out to non-governmental interests to build a more collaborative process for revising and implementing the plan. The Landscape Teams were expanded by formation of Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative and 4 local collaborative groups (at different stages) based on shared landscapes and led by collaborative interests.  Public Engagement Strategy 
Mar-16 The Cibola hosted a 3 day Draft Forest Plan Development Retreat in Albuquerque for the Landscape Teams. Development of interdisciplinary Forest-wide Plan components
Review of niche and vision statement
July - August 2016 Co-hosted 9 public workshops with Forest Service and Landscape Teams to release preliminary draft plan, management areas (with wilderness recommendations), and alternatives via web, news releases, collaborative workshops for public comment (45 day comment period). Workshops were held in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Corona, Gallup, Grants, Mountainair, Tijeras, and Truth or Consequences. Public Comments Preliminary Draft Plan with:1st draft Roles and Contributions 
1st draft Core Themes
2nd draft Visions
2nd draft Desired Conditions
1st draft Standards and Guidelines 
2nd draft Management Areas1st draft Monitoring Questions
1st draft Alternatives and Options for DEISPhase
3 draft Wilderness Inventory Process Report with Results and Maps  Phase
1 draft Wilderness Evaluation Process Report with Results and Maps  
Aug-16 Intertribal Workshop on the review of preliminary draft plan held in Albuquerque. Tribal Consultation 

2017

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Sept. 2016 – April 2017 Forest Service and Landscape Team interdisciplinary teams jointly reviewed public comments in fall 2016.Cibola specialists made recommendations for developing the Draft Plan based on public comments to date (roles, contributions, core themes, visions, desired conditions, objectives, standards and guidelines, management areas, and monitoring). Began development of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) needs (draft significant issues, draft wilderness evaluation results, and draft alternatives).  Review of Public CommentsDraft Plan (all sections) 
 Draft EIS: Draft Significant Issues
Draft Alternatives ·        
Phase 2 draft Wilderness Evaluation Process Report with Results and Maps 
Jan. 2017 Kickoff meeting with specialists to initate development of DEIS and analysis of Draft Plan process DEIS Analysis Process
Affected Environment 
March –June 2017 Regional Office direction and joint review for consistency of plans between Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests Draft Plan (similar where appropriate)
Jun-17 Hired contractor for Forest Plan process Draft EIS 
Aug. 2017   Intertribal  meeting on forest plan revision and results of consistency reviews (Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests) Tribal Consultation 
Consistent Plan Direction 
Aug. - Oct. 2017 Further revisions to forest plan direction including core themes, objectives and management areas. Finalized wilderness analysis criteria and determined which potential wilderness areas to further analyze in alternatives.   Draft Forest Plan Revised
Core ThemesRevised Significant Issues
Draft Wilderness Analysis
Process Results and Maps
 Draft Alternatives 
Aug. – Oct. 2017  Review of draft forest plan components for Northern New Mexico Policy with New Mexico Land Grants  Consistent Plan Direction  
Nov.-Dec.  2017 Finalized DEIS significant issues and alternatives Draft EIS: Issues and Alternatives 

2018

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Jan. 2018 Further development of objectives by alternatives and units of measure Environmental Analysis Process 
Jan. 2018 Kickoff meeting of specialists for DEIS analysis  Environmental Effects 
Feb. - August 2018  Finished Draft Plan and DEIS for Regional Office review.  Draft Plan (for review)
Draft EIS (for review) 
 
Activities below this line are tentative based on current plans; and subject to change Activities below this line are tentative based on current plans; and subject to change Activities below this line are tentative based on current plans; and subject to change
Sep-18 Regional Office review of Draft Plan and DEIS.  Draft Plan
 Draft EIS 
August/Sept 2018 Develop briefing materials for Regional Office review. Regional Forester, Washington Office, and USDA Secretary Briefings 
October/Nov  2018 Specialists revise Draft plan and DEIS based on Regional Office review.  Draft Plan
 Draft EIS 
Sep-18 Regional Office review of briefing materials. Cibola makes edits and revisions and preparations.  Regional Forester, Washington Office, and USDA Secretary Briefings
Fall 2018 Regional Forester, Washington Office, and USDA Secretary briefings and Hill visits. Approval for release of documents 
Fall 2018 Make any revisions as needed per Washington Office and USDA Secretary’s reviews.  Final Draft Plan, DEIS for print  
Fall 2018 TBD - Development of collaborative multi-party monitoring plan through Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative, Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Collaboratives and public input.  Draft Monitoring Plan 
Summer -Fall 2018 TBD – Meeting with Cooperating Agencies to discuss Memorandum of Understandings, status of reviews, future involvement and process.  Memorandum of Understandings 
Fall 2018  Further outreach to inform public of status. Design public release strategy and engagement plan for collaborative workshops with Cibola Shared Stewardship Council; Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia collaborative groups.   Public Outreach, Engagement and Release Strategy Collaborative Workshops Plan 

2019

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Winter 2019 Printing of documents Printed Documents 
 Plan for Web postings
 Electronic Media 
Winter-Spring 2019  Notice of Availability for public review of Draft Plan and Draft EIS, including wilderness recommendations and (90 days public comment period). Host collaborative workshops with Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative and Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Collaboratives. Notice of Availability to Comment 
Formal letters to public Draft Plan and Draft EISCollaborative
Workshops Plan
Winter 2019  Formal consultation with Tribes Tribal Consultation  
Summer-Fall 2019  Comment period ends. Review and code public comments, make adjustments for final Plan and EIS, and prepare response to comments.  Formal response to Public Comments received during 90 day formal comment period
Final Revised Plan Final EIS 
Summer-Fall 2019  Initiate formal consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, submit Draft Biological Assessment for review. Draft Biological Assessment   

2020

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Winter 2020   Regional Office Review of final Revised Plan, EIS. Final Revised Plan 
Final EIS 
Spring 2020  Specialists revise final plan and final EIS based on Regional Office review.  Final Revised Plan 
Final EIS (for printing)
Spring 2020  Regional Forester, Washington Office, and USDA Secretary briefings and Hill visits. Approval for release of documents 
Spring 2020 Make any revisions as needed per Washington Office and USDA Secretary’s reviews.  Final Plan, FEIS and BA for print  
Spring 2020 Further outreach to inform public of status. Design public release strategy and engagement plan for collaborative workshops with Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative; Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Collaboratives.   Public Outreach, Engagement and Release Strategy
 Collaborative Workshops Design and Plan 
Summer 2020 Printing of documents Printed Documents
  Web Postings
 Electronic Media 
Summer 2020  Release of Final Plan, Final EIS, Biological Opinion, and Draft Record of Decision by Forest Supervisor. Notice of Objection period (60 days). Notice of Objection
Period Formal letters to public 
Final Plan and Final EIS
Draft Record of Decision  Biological Opinion 
Fall 2020  Objections resolved (90 days) by Regional Forester. Briefing to Regional Office. Notice of plan approval and Final Record of Decision, Plan, and EIS.

Notice of Plan Approval
 Final Plan Final
EIS Final Record of Decision 

2021

Dates Activity Development of Products 
Winter 2021 Implement and monitor the revised Forest Plan. Implementation Plan 

Phases of Forest Plan Revision

The 2012 Planning Rule identifies a three-phase framework for revising forest plans:

Phase I Assessment

This phase involves an evaluation of relevant information including existing ecological, economic, and social conditions and trends across the broader landscape. The information helps inform the need to change the 1985 Forest Plan.

Phase II – Revision

In this phase, the 1985 Forest Plan is revised. The process for revising a plan includes:  preliminary identification of the need to change the plan based on the Phase I assessment, development of a proposed plan, consideration of the environmental effects of the proposal, providing an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan, providing an opportunity to object before the proposal is approved, and, finally, approval of the plan and preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS).

Phase III – Monitoring

Monitoring is continuous and provides feedback for the planning cycle by testing relevant assumptions, tracking relevant conditions over time, and measuring management effectiveness.  The monitoring program includes plan-level and broader-scale monitoring.  The plan-level monitoring program is informed by the assessment phase; developed during plan development, plan amendment, or plan revision; and implemented after plan decision.  The Regional Forester develops broader-scale monitoring strategies.  Biennial monitoring evaluation reports document whether a change to the plan or change to the monitoring program is warranted based on new information, whether a new assessment may be needed, or whether there is no need for change at that time.

 





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