Forest Plan Revision

View of the PeaksThe Coconino National Forest is revising its Forest Plan! A forest land and resource management plan, or forest plan, provides integrated, forest-wide guidance for all forest uses and activities on National Forest lands.

 

Summer 2017 Plan Revision Update

Since the spring, the plan revision team and forest resource specialists finished the environmental analysis for the Wildlife, Fish, and Plants section of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The team is working closely with Forest Service staff at the regional office to address needed changes in the FEIS and its appendices, as well as a few changes in the Forest Plan. The team has also been working on finalizing the FEIS appendix which will provide a crosswalk of key plan components in the 1987 Plan and the revised Plan. This appendix will show how plan direction in the old plan was carried forward into the revised plan as well as provide rationale for direction that was not carried forward. Coconino National Forest has been in formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the impacts of the revised Plan to federally listed species. The USFWS is reviewing the Biological Assessment and will disclose its findings in a Biological Opinion.

Read the Summer 2017 Plan Revision Update for the full story on what we've been working on and where we're headed in the coming months. The proposed revised plan incorporates changes in response to comments received during the 90-day comment period held in 2013-4. The final responses to your comments will be included in the FEIS. Public comments are now closed as we work towards the final release of the plan.

 

Plan Revision Timeline

Timeline graph illustrating Forest Plan revision process

Visit the Forest Plan Revision Timeline to view an illustrated timeline of our accomplishments and process.

 

Forest Plan Revision Background

Much has changed since the current forest plan was approved in 1987, including changes in public values and expectations from public lands, recreation demand and types of recreation uses, demographics and development patterns, and natural resource policy. Other changes have occurred on the landscape itself; and there have been advances in our knowledge about landscape processes, science, and technology. Even though amendments have been made to the plan, the forest plan does not fully reflect the current needs of the forest and neighboring communities.

For this reason, we are steadily making progress in a multi-year effort to review and revise the guidance in our current forest plan. The goal is to provide an improved forest plan that better reflects the current and future needs of the forest, wildlife and plant species, as well as the needs of people who live near and enjoy the beauty of the Coconino National Forest.

 

Public Participation is Welcome!

We encourage the public to participate throughout the plan revision process and believe stakeholder involvement and input will help to develop effective and sustainable forest guidance for the next decade and beyond. If you would like more information about the revision process to date, or if you have any questions, please contact the revision team.

Please regularly visit this Web site and our plan revision links for more information and updates. To see ways in which the public has already participated in the plan revision process view the Public Participation page.

 

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