Forest Plan Revision Process & Products

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Introductory Material and Other Helpful  Resources

If you're just joining the conversation, please review these helpful resources to learn more about plan revision and how you  can participate.

June 2017 - Present

Notice of Intent to Initiate Assessments

Formal notification in the Federal Register of the beginning of the assessment of Forest resources for the Plan revision.

June 2017

Assessment

Evaluation of existing and relevant data and information to assess sustainability of social, economic and ecological resources  within the plan area and a broader landscape. Beginning of public participation. Publication of assessments.

Revised Draft Assessment Reports  published March 2018

Wilderness

The four-step Wilderness process is a required component of plan revision. Each step will include opportunities for public  involvement.

Inventory initiated January 2018.  Revised evaluation published March  2019. Preliminary analysis published  August 2021. Final analysis and  recommendations published August  2023. 

Notice of Intent to Revise the Forest Plan

Formal notification in the Federal Register to revise the land management plan. Initiates a public comment on the Proposed  Action.

April 2018

Scoping (including Need for Change, and other  scoping materials)

The publication of the NOI will initiate the formal 30-day scoping period, highlighting the proposed action to revise  the Forest Plan based on the needs for change, which outline specific parts of the 1983 Forest Plan to be updated or  supplemented in the revised plan. Feedback will be requested on these needs for change, which were originally included in  each assessment, as well as on the draft Vision and Distinctive Roles and Contributions, and the management area  framework.

Initiated March 2018

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Of the three-step Wild and Scenic Rivers process, the first, Eligibility, is a required component of the plan revision process.  Each step will include opportunities for public involvement.

Eligibility initiated February 2019.  Revised draft eligibility study published  August 2021. Final revised eligibility  report published August 2023. 

Working draft

This early version was published in 2019 to provide an opportunity for the public to preview the working draft of the forest’s  land management plan, engage in the revision process, and provide feedback.

Published June 17, 2019

Draft Forest Plan and Draft EIS
 

The draft plan, draft alternatives and a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects upon the  environment of each of the draft plan alternatives were published for public comment August 13 to November 12, 2021.

Published August 13, 2021

Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision

Based on public feedback on the 2021 draft Plan and draft EIS, publication of the Proposed Plan, final EIS and draft Record  of Decision.

Published August 30, 2023

Objection Process

Before the agency adopts the final Forest Plan, the public may formally object to aspects of the draft Decision and final Plan  documents. 

August 30, 2023 - Beginning of 60-day  objection filing period

Final Record of Decision

Made by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests Supervisor.

Anticipated Spring 2024

Implementation and Monitoring

Forest Service implements the Plan and begins ongoing monitoring.

Ongoing

 

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