Sequoia and Sierra Forest Plan Revisions

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The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests are revising their forest land management plans using the National Forest System Planning Rule, completed in 2012. The 2012 Planning Rule provides a framework for U.S. Forest Service land management plans across the nation.

 

Latest information

The 90-day comment period for the Sequoia and Sierra Forests draft forest plans and revised draft environmental impact statement closes on September 26, 2019. Learn how to submit your formal comments here.

 
The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests hosted webinars to provide an orientation to the planning process and answer questions on the draft documents available for review. Watch the webinars and download compiled Q&A documents here.

 

Today’s actions affect tomorrow’s national forests and local communities

The Sierra and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 2.5 million acres and almost half of the state’s population lives within a four-hour drive of these forests. Even if you don’t visit one of these forests, chances are very good that you benefit from them directly or indirectly. Read more here.

Select this link for more detailed information about the 2012 Planning Rule. You may also refer to two handouts posted under the Quick Links box to the right – “Forest Plan Revision Process Cycle” and “How do Forest Plan Revision documents fit together?” for more information about the forest plan revision process.

Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests are pleased to announce the availability of the revised draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans.

These documents reflect extensive public participation over the past 6 years through collaborative working group meetings and other public input. We greatly appreciate the commitment of interested participants who have provided important contributions toward the development of the plans and amendments. The documents also reflect a truly interdisciplinary team approach in the consideration of input received throughout the revision process.

Background

In 2013, the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests began revising their forest plans with the Inyo National Forest. The three forests worked with local communities throughout the assessment and plan development phases and released a draft environmental impact statement and draft plans in 2016. At the time of release, a period of prolonged drought contributed to tree mortality on the Sequoia and Sierra forests, changing conditions on the forests. The Inyo National Forest did not experience the same changed conditions and as a result, made the decision to move forward with the planning process.

You can visit the Inyo National Forest planning page for information on their final environmental impact statement, final plans, and draft record of decision released in August 2018.

The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests chose to update their analysis, which is documented in the revised draft environmental impact statement and draft plans linked below under the documents section.

Major Planning Documents

The land and resource management plans (Forest Plans) for the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests will provide direction for the management of the lands and resources in these areas.

Please visit the Forest Plan Revision Documents page for major planning documents and supporting information.

Public Involvement and Outreach

We are committed to working with the public, Tribes, communities and cooperating agencies to plan how public lands and resources will be managed for the next 10 - 15 years on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

Please visit the Public Involvement and Outreach page for information about opportunities to participate in the 90-day public comment and review period. You will also find information about past meetings, workshops, dialogues, and e-collaboration engagement opportunities throughout this planning effort.

Please visit the Public Comment Form to provide an electronic comment during the 90-day comment and review period. 

Contacts

Please visit the Contacts  page for a list of primary contact information for this forest plan revision effort.

Translation Requests

We are committed to ensuring all community members can engage in this plan revision effort.

If you are interested in a translated version of any planning documents, please send an email to r5planrevision@fs.fed.us with the subject “Translation Request” and specify the requested language and titles of the documents you want translated. We will reach out to you after you submit the request to discuss options and timing for translated materials.

The following translated materials are currently available:

Forest Planning Video – Spanish

Forest Plan Revision Process Cycle Graphic – Spanish, Hmong

How do Forest Plan Revision documents fit together? Graphic–SpanishHmong





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