Forest Plan Revision Drafts

The Rio Grande National Forest draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement are available for review. Comments should be directed to Dan Dallas, Forest Supervisor by email at; by mail to Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, 1803 W. U.S. Highway 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144; by fax to 719-852-6250; or may be hand delivered to the Supervisor’s Office between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Comments should be received by December 29, 2017.

Letter of introduction from Dan Dallas, Forest Supervisor

Legal Notice

Deciphering the draft forest plan

DEIS public meetings slide show

Draft Plan

Management Area Maps

Proposed Forest Plan
Wilderness Management Areas
Research Natural Areas
Special Interest Areas
Eligible Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers
Roadless Areas
Scenic Byways or Railroads
Dispersed Recreation
General Forest and Rangeland
Forest Production
Deer and Elk Winter Range
Ski-based Resorts
Grassland Resource Production

Fisheries Activity Maps

Fisheries Activity Period Map - South
Fisheries Activity Period Map - East
Fisheries Activity Period Map - North
Fisheries Activity Period Map - West

Draft EIS

Draft EIS Maps

Land Ownership

Alternatives - Management and Geographic Areas

Alternative A - Existing Management Areas
Alternative B - Management Areas
Alternative B - Geographic Areas
Alternative C - Management Areas
Alternative D - Management Areas
Alternative D - Geographic Areas

Forested Ecosystems

Timber Suitability - May be suitable for Timber Production
Alternative A
Alternative B
Alternative C
Alternative D
Vegetation Habitat Structural Type
Dominant Local Vegetation Type

Fire Management Zones

Alternative B
Alternative C
Alternative D

Range Management

Grazing Allotments
Range Capability

Renewable and Non-renewable Energy and Minerals

Oil and Gas Potential - 1995
Oil and Gas Lease Parcels - 2008

Watershed Resources

Rio Grande Headwater System
HUC 12 Watersheds and Priority Watersheds

Wildlife and Plant Species

Alternative B - Roads within Management Areas 5.41
Alternative D - Roads within Management Areas 5.41
Alternative A - Wetlands and Known Fens
Alternative B - Wetlands and Known Fens
Alternative C - Wetlands and Known Fens
Alternative D - Wetlands and Known Fens


Existing National Forest System Roads

Aesthetics - Scenic Integrity

Alternative A - Existing
Alternative B
Alternative C
Alternative D


Scenic Byways and Railroads
Nationally Designated Trails
Natural Features
Over-Snow Vehicle use suitability
         Alternative A
         Alternative B
         Alternative C
         Alternative D
Summer Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
 Alternative A - Existing
         Alternative B - Desired
         Alternative C - Desired
         Alternative D - Desired

Special Designated Areas

Alternative A
Alternatives B and C
Alternative D

Recommended Wilderness

Alternative B
Alternative D

Eligible Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers

Alternatives B, C and D

Areas of Tribal Importance

Brunot Treaty





Key Contacts

Freedom of Information Act
Rio Grande National Forest
Contact: Guy Blackwolf
(719) 852-6270