Phase I – Assessment

In this phase, the Forest rapidly evaluated existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability and their relationship to the land management plan within the context of the broader landscape. This evaluation was consolidated into the 2014 Cibola Assessment report. The forest engaged the public through public meetings and comment periods to assess risks to sustainability and identifying the need to revise the 1985 Forest Plan.    

Further details of the assessment phase of forest plan revision can be found in the final directives for the 2012 planning rule.


Public Engagement Documents

Letter from Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman Announcing the Publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (February 3, 2015) 


Federal Register Notice of Intent (February 9, 2015)


Needs for Change Statements

Preliminary Statements of Needs for Change to the Existing 1985 Cibola Forest Plan (updated February 9, 2015).  Updates include comments captured during all of the collaborative work sessions AND those received via email/CARA or postal mail through July 31, 2014, or postmarked by that date. 


Assessment Findings

Executive Summary of Key Findings of the Assessment (updated February 9, 2015)

Volume I Ecosystems – Ecological Assessments (updated February 9, 2015)

  • Vegetation
  • Soils
  • Water
  • Air
  • Carbon
  • Species
    • Threatened, endangered, proposed and candidate species
    • Species of conservation concern

Volume II Human Systems – Social, Cultural, and Economic Assessments (updated February 9, 2015) 

  • Cultural and historic resources and use
  • Areas of tribal importance       
  • Social, cultural, and economic conditions
  • Multiple uses and their contributions to local, regional, and national economies
  • Recreation settings, opportunities, and access, and scenic character
  • Existing designated areas
  • Infrastructure, such as recreational facilities and transportation and utility corridors
  • Land status and ownership, use and access patterns
  • Renewable and nonrenewable energy and mineral resources

Literature Cited (updated February 9, 2015)