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

December 2022: The Forest Service is in the final stages of revising the forest plans for the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. We completed the administrative review (objections) process for the draft Records of Decision and revised forest plans. The Objection Reviewing Officer, Deputy Regional Forester Jody Holzworth, issued the objection response letter, plus key findings document, on December 16, 2022. Here is the link where you can access those documents: https://usfs-public.app.box.com/v/PinyonPublic/folder/187368758708.

The objection response letter identifies instructions for the Responsible Officials to implement prior to signing final Records of Decision for the forest plans. The Responsible Officials anticipate signing these final decisions, and releasing the final revised Forest Plans, by the end of February 2023. For more information, please contact Team Lead Bobbie Miller at bobbie.miller@usda.gov.

November 2022: An objections resolution meeting occurred November 15-17, 2022 in Visalia, California and virtually. The meeting provided for dialogue between Objection Reviewing Officer and the Objectors and Interested Persons. The meeting was open to public observers.

August 2022: The Forest Service initiated the objection filing period on June 14, 2022, and the filing period concluded on August 15, 2022. Objections that were processed can be viewed in the Public Reading Room.

Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Plans

The Sequoia and Sierra National Forests released their revised draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans in summer 2019.

The forests released their pre-objection final environmental impact statement, final forest plans, and draft records of decision in summer 2022. With the release of these documents, the administrative review phase began. After Responsible Officials have implemented the instructions provided in the objection response letter, the forests will release the final environmental impact statement, final forest plans, and final records of decision, concluding the forest plan 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 resulted in the revised draft environmental impact statement and draft plans, and then pre-objection final environmental impact statement and final plans. After the Responsible Officials have implemented the objection instructions and signed final decisions, the final forest plans will be released. You can find those documents by clicking the Forest Plan Revision Documents link under the Quick Links section on the right.

Public Involvement and Outreach

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

On July 12 and 13, 2022 the Forest Service held virtual public meetings to provide information about the release of revised forest plan documents and draft records of decision, and the administrative review (objection) process. The presentations from these meetings, as well as a Questions and Answers document that shares the public questions received as part of these meetings, and responses to those questions is available.

Please visit the Public Involvement and Outreach page for more information.

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 about how planning affects tomorrow’s national forests and local communities.

More detailed information about the 2012 Planning Rule is available. You may also refer to two handouts Forest Plan Revision Process Cycle and How do Forest Plan Revision documents fit together?

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 the Plan Revision Team 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
Forest Plan Revision Process Cycle Graphic  Hmong