Forest Plan Revision
The Revised Forest Plan is Here!
updated August 30, 2023
We are now at an important milestone in revising the Forest Plan for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests – The revised Forest Plan, final EIS, and draft Record of Decision are now available. The Forest Service has been working with area tribes, local, state and federal agencies, and the public on our Forest Plan revision for many years, and we appreciate your patience and involvement throughout this process.
Updated 9/8/2023 Click HERE for Errata to the one final plan document regarding acreage correction for summer recreation settings.
The 60-day pre-decisional administrative review period (also known as the objection period) for the revised Forest Plan, final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), draft Record of Decision, and the Regional Forester’s species of conservation concern list for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests began on August 30, 2023, with the publication of the legal notice in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. If you wish to file an objection, you must do so in writing by October 30, 2023. Objections are distinct from public comments and must adhere to specific instructions
Geospatial data can be viewed in the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) Interactive Web Map GMUG Forest Plan Revision - Public Gallery. Interactive Web Maps (Story Maps) are available for Management Areas, Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) settings, and the Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River processes. PDF maps and downloadable shapefiles are also available here.
Quick Links posted here 9/1/2023 – SPECIES OF CONSERVATION CONCERN - The Regional Forester’s Species of Conservation Concern Decision Letter (click here for direct link) and Final List and Process Rationale (click here for direct link) were uploaded on August 29 for this objection filing period to the Final Forest Plan and Documents 2023 folder, subfolder Biological Assessment and Other Supporting Material).
Updated 9/7/2023 Public Engagement: The GMUG National Forests and the National Forest Foundation co-hosted two virtual public webinars and one in-person presentation to provide orientation and an overview of the revised Forest Plan and associated documents. These sessions provided an opportunity for participants to ask questions about plan revision. Recordings of the virtual webinars are available by clicking on the links below.
If you're just joining the conversation, please check out the Process and Products tab above for past publications, recorded webinars, and other helpful resources, and please consider joining our mailing list to receive updates regarding Forest Plan revision.
The GMUG planning team thanks you for your input and feedback leading up to this point. During formal and informal comment periods over the past six years, you have helped improve each iteration of the plan process by sharing your perspectives and concerns.