Tribal Participation

Dark Canyon WildernessMany 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. The Forest recognizes it is both valuable, and necessary, to have meaningful dialogue and feedback on areas of Tribal importance within the Forest Plan. 

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.Dark Canyon Wilderness











Tribal Engagement

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is continually engaging with the Tribes / Pueblos to discuss the Plan Revision process, strategies and tools for Tribal Engagement, and developing plan components around Tribal concerns relative to the spectrum of multiple use in the Forest Service. for Areas of Tribal Importance.