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Forest Plan Documents


Forest Plan & Amendments

  • Look here for planning documents that guide how the Santa Fe National Forest is managed.  The current Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) was written in 1987 and has had several amendments.



The following documents are introductory fact sheets that provide information on what Forest Plan Revision is, why we are doing it, and where we currently are in the process.  They are available in Adobe Acrobat pdf format, which requires the free viewer.

Forest Plan Revision Primer

Forest Plan Revision 101

Revisión del Plan Forestal 101

Forest Plan Revision Phase I:  The Assessment


New Documents Available:


The Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests have common traditional communities and practices and have coordinated with each other in an effort to make these sections identical across all three forest’s plans. Here are sections pulled from the Carson’s publicly available Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan which you can review and comment on. These updated plan components are for three sections of our plan: 1) Traditional Communities and Uses, with subsection on Tribal and Rural Historic communities and including the narratives; 2) Rangelands and Livestock Grazing; and 3) Forestry and Forest Products. We hope that you will see our commitment to the social, cultural, and ecological needs of traditional New Mexico communities within this work.


March 2017 Public Meetings

Initial Plan Components and Draft Wilderness Evaluation Maps

Wilderness Draft Inventory Maps

Below are Draft Inventory Maps, Step 1 in a four-step process to identify and evaluate lands that may or may not be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System as part of Forest Plan Revision. This Draft Inventory generally excludes areas with public roads, the most noticeable man-made improvements, and stand-alone areas considered too small to manage as Wilderness. Once finalized, the Inventory will be evaluated for Wilderness characteristics (Step 2) and analyzed for impacts of potential designation (Step 3) prior to any potential recommendation to Congress (Step 4). There will be additional public meetings to gain input during evaluation (Step 2).

Comments on this map are most helpful before August 15, 2016. Email santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us or mail to: Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

Comment Form for Use with Draft Inventory Maps.


Public Comments on Wilderness Inventory and Evaluation Criteria (July 2016)

Final Assessment

The Final Assessment was released in June 2016. It was used to inform the Need For Change statements which will help guide Phase II (Plan Development) of the Forest Plan Revision Process. At-risk species were identified during the development of the final assessment. Process and justification for the selection of these species is provided below.

Final Assessment Volume 1. (Ecological Resources)

Final Assessment Volume 2. (Socioeconomic Report)

Approval of Initial list of SCC (Species of Conservation Concern)

Findings from the Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Need for Change Statements (A summary of the Final Assessment)


Need for Change Meetings

Need-for-Change Summary

The Need for Change meetings occured in Fall 2015 and used the following documents:

Need for Change Worksheet

Plan Components

Findings from the Draft Assessment: Twelve Focus Areas and Preliminary Need for Change Statements (A summary of the Draft Assessment)



Public Notice of Intent in the Federal Register

  • This was published on June 30, 2016 and initiated a formal scoping period and Phase II of the plan revision process, as we start to develop the revised Forest Plan.  A correction was published in the Federal Register on 7/12/16.

Public Notice of Assessment in Newspaper of Record

  • This is the legal notice published in the online edition of the Albuquerque Journal on March 6, 2014, to inform the public about the start of the first phase of Forest Plan Revision, the Assessment phase.

Public Notice of Assessment in Federal Register

  • This is the legal notice to initiate the Assessment phase of Forest Plan Revision for the Santa Fe National Forest, published on March 6, 2014.

Laws and regulations for Forest Service management

Forest Service Directives

Key laws and regulations that protect historical, cultural, and archeological resources



Spring 2016 Meetings

Wilderness Public Meeting Schedule

Wilderness Public Meeting Agenda

Wilderness Technical Meeting Agenda

Wilderness Public Meeting Handouts


Public Participation Plan 

  • The Public Participation Plan emerged from conversations about Forest Plan Revision in 2014 and highlights what we have heard from the public. The plan includes a timeline of the multi-year Forest Plan Revision process and identifies several ways the public can participate in forest planning over the next couple of years.

Public Meetings in April and May 2014: Summary Document

  • Forest Plan Revision is a multi-year, three-phase process that begins with the Assessment phase, which evaluates current conditions and trends for 15 broad topics, including land and water resources and social, cultural and economic conditions. In April and May 2014, the Santa Fe National Forest held 14 public meetings in communities across the forest to (1) provide stakeholders with introductory information about the Forest Plan (what it is, why it’s important) and (2) provide an opportunity for members of the public to contribute to the assessment of current conditions and trends affecting our forest. At the Forest Plan Revision Assessment Meetings we invited participants to tell us how they use the Santa Fe National Forest, what they most value about the forest, and changes they have observed over time. The summary document is a synthesis of the information we heard at these meetings.


Organizing for Effective Public Participation in Forest Planning:  Listening Sessions Summary

  • This presents the major themes heard during the meetings between the Collaboration Cadre and various members of the public.

Organizing for Public Participation Workshop Summary

  • In March of 2014, the Santa Fe National Forest held two daylong workshops entitled "Organizing for Public Participation."  This workshop was developed and run by the National Collaboration Cadre (USDA-FS); it was based on information heard during the listening sessions.  The Workshop Summary presents major themes heard at the workshops.