Forest Plan Revision Process & Products

Public Participation

Process & Products

Background & Current Plan

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Youth Involvement

What's New: Thank you for your helpful feedback on the Working Draft!  

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback on the working draft of the Forest Plan! As with previous review periods, you rose to the occasion and provided nearly 1,000 letters (including approximately 300 original letters- all of which can be found in the public reading room), expressing a wide range of concerns and ideas. We value your suggestions, and the planning team is currently considering how to incorporate your feedback to improve the draft plan and develop a reasonable range of alternatives.

If you're just joining the conversation, please consider checking out the various steps and milestones in the table below, each of which has included opportunties for public engagement. The best decisions will be made with input from all people who care about the GMUG, people like you! So please stay involved and continue to lend your voice to this important process!

Thank you for your continued involvement in plan revision!   

Forest Plan Roadmap- Plan Revision



Proposed/Actual Completion Date

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


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

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 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 this three-step 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
Working Draft This early version was intended as an opportunity for citizens to preview the working draft of the forest’s land management plan, engage in the revision process, and provide feedback (which was most helpful if received by July 29, 2019). Released June 17, 2019

Draft Alternatives and Draft EIS

Development of draft alternatives and a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects upon the environment of each of the plan alternatives. Published for public comment.

Fall 2020

Final EIS and Draft  Decision

Based on public feedback on the Proposed Plan and Draft EIS, preparation of Final EIS and Draft Decision.

Summer 2021

Objection Process

Before the agency adopts the Proposed Plan as the new Forest Plan, the public may formally object to aspects of the Draft Decision.

Fall 2021

Final Decision

Made by Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests Supervisor

Winter 2021

Implementation and Monitoring

Forest Service implements the Plan and begins on-going monitoring



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Key Contacts

 Please contact us:

Submit your comments:

Online Feedback Tool 

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Attn: Plan Revision Team
2250 South Main Street
Delta, CO  81416

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