Forest Plan Revision Public Participation

Community members provide their input during a public meeting.

The Wayne National Forest is committed to transparency and public involvement during our Forest Plan Revision process. The following methods are available for the public to learn about what is happening and to have a voice in the shaping of the next Forest Plan. 


Sign Up for Email Updates

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GovDelivery is our official channel for sending out email alerts for planing projects. Our emails provide information on upcoming meetings, respond to meeting questions, and are intended to keep the public informed of where we are in each step of the decision making process. The link below will connect you to GovDelivery's to sign-up form or to access your account to update your notification preferences. 

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Ask a Question

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Have something you're curious about but you're not not quite ready to submit a comment? Feel free to contact us. Our Forest Plan Revision Team is available to answer your questions. 


(740) 753-0555

By Mail

Wayne National Forest Supervisor's Office
c/o Forest Plan Revision Team
13700 US Highway 33
Nelsonville, OH 45764



Submit an Official Comment

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All comments that are part of the public record are stored on the Reading Room for the Forest Plan Revision and are available to the public. The Reading Room can be filtered for comments regarding topics or locations. Comments submitted through email, mail, and our official commenting portal, as well as comments made during the comment periods of our public meetings, are all considered part of the public record in regards to the decision making process. The commenting portal is the best way to send more complex comments that require additional supporting documents. 

Official comments and objections to planning activities will occur after the Draft Forest Plan and an Environmental Impact Statement is drafted and submitted. 


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Upcoming Meetings

Monthly Update Webinars

The Forest Plan Revision Team will hold our regularly scheduled public monthly update calls at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the links below. The Forest Plan Revision Team will provide an update on the assessment and discuss public engagement during the assessment phase of plan revision. There will also be an opportunity for questions. These calls will continue throughout the Forest Plan Revision process for the next two to three years.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-844-9904 and using access code 296-1260.

Access Monthly Webinar Room


Past Meetings

Public Information Meetings

The Wayne National Forest held six in-person engagements and two webinars in late March and early April of 2018 to provide the public with information about Forest Plan Revision. This first round of meetings was intended to inform the public about the 2012 Planning Rule and the Plan Revision process, and to provide information about the various opportunities that will exist to collaborate in the development of the new plan.

Additional public meetings will occur throughout the Forest Plan Revision process.

Working Group Meetings

A series of Local Culture & Heritage Working Groups were scheduled to ensure that the assessment is inclusive of local perspectives. The meetings focused on sustainable economic development, local culture and heritage, and the condition and trends of anthropological or archaeological resources. 

Marietta Local Culture & Heritage Working Group (Socioeconomic Benefits of Wayne NF)
Monday, September 24, 2018

Ironton Local Culture & Heritage Working Group (Socioeconomic Benefits of Wayne NF)
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Athens Local Culture & Heritage Working Group (Socioeconomic Benefits of Wayne NF)
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Working Groups: Outdoor Recreation, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Wilderness
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Working Group: Biodiversity & Forest Health
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Working Groups: Air Quality, Water Quality, & Water Supply, and Renewable Energy
Thursday, October 4, 2018


Wayne National Forest Open Houses

The Wayne is hosting a series of three open houses, one in each unit. These open houses are general in nature. You’ll have the chance to learn about all the work that goes on in your national forest, the opportunity to meet the Wayne’s new forest supervisor, Carrie Gilbert, and the chance to learn about the forest plan revision process and how to get involved.

Ironton Unit

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Riffe Rotunda, Ohio University Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue, Ironton, OH 45638

Marietta Unit

Thursday, February 27, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Frontier High School Cafeteria
44870 Ohio State Route 7, New Matamoras, OH 45767

Athens Unit

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Wayne National Forest Headquarters & Welcome Center
13700 US Highway 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764


Working Group Meetings (Virtual)

These meetings will be focused on discussing the findings in the Draft Assessment, answering questions, and talking about working group engagement moving forward. Anyone is welcomed to join these virtual meetings.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Call-in number: 888-844-9904, access code 2961260
Webinar Room

Friday, March 6, 2020 
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Call-in number: 888-844-9904, access code 2961260
Webinar Room

Current Forest Plan

Plan Revision Resources