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What is a Forest Plan Revision? 

A Forest Plan Revision is an update to the current plan. The specific guidance for executing the planning process is detailed in the Planning Rule, which is approved by the Chief of the Forest Service. The 2012 Planning Rule is the current Rule.

Why is the Manti-La Sal revising its Forest Plan?

The Current Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan was written in 1986 and is outdated in many ways. Since that time, natural resource and social conditions have changed; new scientific knowledge exists; and additional land management laws have been put into place. Changes in communities, economic activity, and shifting patterns of land and resource use drive the need to revise the plan at this time.

 

What is the timeline for the Plan Revision?

Starting in late summer 2016, the Forest Plan Revision process is expected to take four years, with a decision and final plan available in 2020. Beginning with pre-planning, the Plan Revision process includes the following phases: Assessment, Plan Development, Draft EIS & Forest EIS, and Plan implementation. Each phase has accompanying tasks and opportunities for public participation.

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How to Comment

The Forest Service values public participation. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration.

Communication from public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Click here to submit comments online.
Instructions on how to submit online comments can be found here.

Instructions for how to submit comments using our collaborative mapping tool can be found here.

 Comment Periods:

The draft Assessment Report 30-day comment period begins June 22, 2017.

Manti-La Sal Draft Assessment Report

Assessment

Comment on the Draft Assessment Report

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is in the process of revising the Forest Plan. The Forest Plan is programmatic, meaning that it provides overarching direction for management of the forest. The forest plan does not authorize any site specific project. The 2012 Planning Rule provides guidance for revising the Forest Plan. The first requirement is to write an Assessment Report, which provides an overview of existing conditions and trends, based on information that is readily available.

The Draft Assessment Report 30-day comment period begins June 22, 2017.

 Visit the Assessment page for more information and to view associated reports.

Concurrent Analyses

We will be conducting a series of concurrent analyses during the Plan Revision process, including evaluations on: Wilderness, Species of Conservation Concern (SCC), and Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR).

 

Wilderness

Under the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976, the Wilderness Protection Act (WPA) of 1964, and the 2012 Planning Rule, any Forest undergoing a plan revision must review lands that may be suitable for Wilderness designation and analyze the impacts from recommendation of such lands. Visit our Wilderness page for more information.

 

Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

SCC are a species “... other than federally recognized threatened, endangered, proposed, or candidate species, that is known to occur in the plan area and for which the regional forester has determined that the best available scientific information indicates substantial concern about the species’ capability to persist over the long-term in the plan area.” [36 CFR 219.9(c)] During the Forest Plan Revision process, we will be evaluating species within the planning area to determine whether they meet the SCC criteria. Those meeting the criteria will be identified as such, and appropriate management will be undertaken to protect them. For more information about this process visit the SCC page.

 

Wild and Scenic Rivers

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, establishes a National Wild and Scenic Rivers System for the protection of selected national rivers and their immediate environments, which possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values which are to be preserved in free-flowing condition.  For more information about this assessment visit the Wild and Scenic River page.

 

Scenery Management System (SMS)

High quality scenery, especially scenery with natural-appearing landscapes, enhances people’s lives and benefits society. The Scenery Management System presents a vocabulary for managing scenery and a systematic approach for determining the relative value and importance of scenery in a National Forest. Visit our SMS page for more information.

 

Public Participation

Public participation is a critical component to the Forest Plan Revision Process. In 2012 the Forest Service updated its land management planning requirements for the first time in 30 years with a new “Planning Rule.”  A key facet of this new rule is that it emphasizes the Forest Service’s responsibility to engage with the public, and to work more closely with State, local, and tribal governments when national forest managers amend or revise their land management plans. 

 

Public Meetings and Open Houses

The Manti-La Sal National Forest will host public open houses consistently throughout the Plan Revision process in order to facilitate the exchange of information between the Forest and public. These open houses are designed to both inform the public and receive public input on various plan component. The Forest will also periodically host public workshops to work collaboratively with local communities in pursuit of specific plan components. Use the links below to view upcoming meetings, open houses, and workshops and to review documents from previously held events.

June/July 2017 Open Houses

November 2016 Public Workshops

September 2016 Open Houses

July/August 2016 Open Houses

 

Cooperating Agencies

By regulation, Cooperating Agencies are government entities that have either legal authority or special expertise in land management planning or related resource areas. In fulfilling its requirement to coordinate land management plans with local, state, tribal, and federal plans, the Manti-La Sal National Forest has signed 21 Cooperating Agency agreements with partners to participate in Plan Revision:

  • 8 Counties: Carbon, Grand, Juab, Montrose, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, and Utah
  • 7 Utah Conservation Districts (CD): Grand CD, Juab CD, Price River CD, San Juan CD, Sanpete CD, San Rafael CD, and the Sevier CD
  • 3 Cities: Blanding, Monticello, and Castle Valley
  • 2 Federal Agencies: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service (NPS).
  • The State of Utah's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO)

To learn more about Cooperating Agencies and view meeting notes and handouts from meetings visit the Cooperating Agency page. 

Tribal Engagement

The Forest recognizes it is both valuable, and necessary, to have meaningful dialogue and feedback on areas of Tribal importance within the Forest Plan.  Many of the tribes who consider the Manti-La Sal National Forest an important place, both spiritually and culturally, have a strong interest in the management of the natural resources on the forest.

Executive Order 13175 and Forest Service policies (FSM 1560 and FSH 1509.13, ch 10) require agency officials to pursue regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications. Consultation during the planning process is in accordance with FSH 1509.13, American Indian and Alaska Native Relations Handbook, chapter 10, Consultation with Tribes.

Meetings have been held with tribal governments to inform them of the forest planning process and encourage dialogue about native knowledge, land ethics, and cultural issues that may relate to the Manti-La Sal National Forest.  The Forest will continue to engage and involve tribes throughout the planning process, to learn, consider, and respect their ecological, social, and cultural needs and concerns. 

Official Notices

Planning Rules and Regulations

  • The National Forest Management Act (NFMA): The NFMA is an amendment of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (RPA). This Act 1) establishes standards for how the Forest Service manages national forests; 2) requires the development of land management plans for national forests and grasslands; and 3) directs the Forest Service to develop regular reports on the status and trends of the Nation’s renewable resources on all forest and rangelands.
  • 2012 Planning Rule: The Planning Rule guides the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans for all units of the National Forest System (NFS). It sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain and restore NFS land and water ecosystems, while providing for ecosystem services and multiple uses.
  • Forest Service Land Management Planning Handbook (FSH 1909.12): This Handbook provides planning and revision guidance to ensure compliance with Federal laws and regulations. It was updated in 2015 to ensure compliance with the 2012 Planning Rule.

 

Forest Planning Team

Tami Conner - Team Lead
Tiffany Cummins - Assistant Team Lead
Alex Gonzales - Geospatial Systems Specialist
Megan Eno - Partnership Coordinator
Britney Pizzuto - Intern
 
Address: 599 W Price River Drive, Price, Utah 84501
Phone: 435-636-3508
Fax: 435-637-4940
Email: mlnfplanrevision@fs.fed.us


Key Contacts

Forest Plan Revision Team
Phone: 435-636-3508
mlnfplanrevision@usda.gov
Kyle Beagley - Planning Team Lead


https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd509713