Arrow for phase one that explains more in depth what happens in that phaseDuring the Assessment, the Forest rapidly evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends and sustainability and their relationship to the land management plan within the context of the broader landscape. Using this data, the Forest produces an Assessment document covering the 15 Topics as outlined by the 2012 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219.6(b)).

In late July 2016, The Manti-La Sal National Forest published its official Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin the Assessment in the U.S. Federal Register. Between July of 2016 and June of 2017, the Forest held 23 public open houses and workshops with a total of 524 participants in communities near the Forest to share information about the Forest Plan Revision process, build relationships with stakeholders, and gather information to inform the Assessment. Information gathered during these public meetings was used to support the development of the Draft Assessment Report published June 22, 2017. 

Draft Assessment Comment Period

A 30-day public comment period for the Draft Assessment Report was held from June 22 to July 22, 2017. Sixty (60) comment letters were submitted from a variety of individuals and public, private, and governmental organizations. The comment letters were reviewed for suggested edits and changes to the Draft Assessment Report. The Draft Assessment Report Comment Summary summarizes the comments the Forest received during the public comment period and includes Forest responses.

Many of the comments received did not directly address the Draft Assessment Report. Those comments were included in the Comment Summary and will be used to inform the development of management direction in the revised Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan. Comment letters received after the end of the 30-day comment period on 22 July, 2017 are not included in the Comment Summary. However, they will be reviewed and considered during the course of developing the revised Forest Plan. 

The final revised draft Assessment Report will be available for review and comment in Spring 2019.   


Associated Draft Reports by Assessment Topic

Topics 1 and 2: Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems, Watersheds, Air, Soil, Water Resources and Water Quality Reports

Topic 3: Stressor and Driver Reports

Topic 4: Baseline Assessment of Carbon Stocks

Topic 5: Threatened, Endangered, Proposed and Candidate Species and Potential Species of Conservation Concern

Topics 6, 7, 8: Social, Cultural, Economic, Ecosystem Services and Multiple Uses

Topic 9: Recreation Settings Opportunities, Access and Scenic Character

Topic 10: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy and Mineral Resources

Topic 11:  Infrastructure

Topic 12: Areas of Tribal Importance

Topic 13: Cultural and Historic Resources and Uses

Topic 14: Land Status and Ownership, Use and Access Patterns

Topic 15: Existing Designated Areas