Planning

How to Comment

The Cibola National Forest is releasing the Draft Land Management Plan (Draft Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), along with associated documents, for the formal 90-day public comment scoping period from August 9, 2019 to November 7, 2019. Comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period (postmarked no later than the last date of the comment period) and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. The submission of timely and specific comments can affect a reviewer’s ability to participate in the 2012 Planning Rule Objection Process (36 CFR 219 Subpart B). Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to participate in the 2012 Planning Rule Objection Process. For more information on the 2012 Planning Rule Objection Process for decisions on Land Management Plans, see the following link: https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/includes/FINAL219Objection%20Brochure.pdf

Products on which we are seeking comment:

All project documents and supporting materials are available on the Plan Revision website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/CibolaForestPlanRevision

How to Comment

* The Comment Analysis and Response Application, or CARA, is a web-based tool that the Forest Service uses to track, analyze, and respond to public comments on National Environmental Policy Act projects. One of the most useful features of CARA is the ability of the Cibola NF to track, analyze, and summarize comments. Interdisciplinary teams assign resource or process specific codes to each comment. This allows the comments to be easily sorted and summarized and issues to be identified for formal responses.

  • Mail us a letter:  If you prefer to use postal mail to deliver a hard-copy comment form or letter, please send to:
Sarah Browne, Forest Planner
Cibola National Forest
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • Attend Public meetings:  Staff will be on site to assist with commenting and questions. The public meetings scheduled are as follows:
    • Joint Cibola, Carson NF, and Santa Fe NF public meeting: August 20, 2-6pm, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508
    • Mountainair District: August 27, 2019, 5-7pm, Dr. Robert J. Saul Recreation Center, Mountainair NM- 109 N Roosevelt Ave, Mountainair, NM 87036
    • Mount Taylor District: September 5, 2019, 5-7pm, Old Cibola County Building, 515 West High St. Grants, NM 87020
    • Magdalena District: September 17, 2019, 5-7pm, Magdalena School/Fine Arts Center, 201 Duggins Dr, Magdalena, NM 87825
    • Sandia District: September 26, 2019, 5-7pm, Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

Hard copies of the Draft LMP and DEIS will be available at the following locations for reference:

Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Supervisor’s Office, 2113 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque NM

Mt. Taylor Ranger District Office, 1800 Lobo Canyon Rd, Grants NM

Magdalena Ranger District Office, 203 1st Street, Magdalena NM

Mountainair Ranger District Office, 40 Ranger Station Rd, Mountainair NM

Sandia Ranger District Office, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras NM

Public Libraries (available at the Information Desk for reference and making copies):

City of Albuquerque Main Library, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, NM

East Mountain Public Library, 487 NM 333, Tijeras NM

Magdalena Public Library, 108 N. Main St, Magdalena NM

Mountainair Public Library, 109 Roosevelt Ave, Mountainair NM

Grants Public Library, 1101 N. 1st St, Grants NM

How to Effectively Comment

Your comments will be used to edit the Draft Plan and the range of alternatives within the DEIS.  Here are some tips to consider while commenting:

  • Comments should be clear, concise, and relevant to the analysis of the documents.  Take the time to organize your thoughts so your comments are understood. 
  • Comments that are solution-oriented and provide specific examples will be more effective than those that simply oppose the statement the comment relates to.
  • Comments that contribute to developing alternatives that address the purpose and need for the action are also effective. 
  • Commenting is not a form of “voting” on an alternative. The number of negative comments an agency receives does not prevent an action from moving forward.  Numerous comments that repeat the same basic message of support or opposition will typically be responded to collectively.
  • If you submitted comments during other Forest Plan Revision comment periods, you do not have to submit them again, as these comments have been captured.
  • Only those who have submitted substantive comments related to the Cibola National Forest plan revision during at least one of the public comment periods and have included a name and contact information will be eligible to file an objection under the 2012 rule objection process.

Things to consider as you develop your comments:

  • Changes to the wording of a specific plan component, suggestions for new or deleted plan components, changing the type of plan component (for example, moving a standard to a guideline). Remember to include why!
  • Changes to location, inclusion, or boundaries of a management area and why. Think about whether specific plan components should apply forest-wide or only to designated or management areas, and why.
  • Which desired conditions will be the most important to monitor to determine if the plan is successful? What monitoring measures do you recommend? Do you have any specific sources of monitoring that can be used to monitor plan success?
  • Comments on the environmental analysis in the DEIS, including the need for more clarity on effects or recommendation of additional sources.
  • What impact will the draft Forest Plan (or any of the alternatives in the DEIS) have on your values?

Past examples:

“In the recommended wilderness management area, change guideline 2a to only allow for unplanned ignitions because planned ignitions (prescribed fire) interfere with natural processes and therefore go against the untrammeled quality that should govern recommended wilderness areas.”

“Map Section P85B: This area including Thompson Peak, Glorieta Baldy, Apache Canyon, Grasshopper Canyon and Shaggy Peak contains many old forest service trails that are currently used by mountain bikers. Including this area as wilderness would eliminate any mountain bike use and shift mountain bike usage to other areas that already have user conflict due to the high density of traffic.”

 





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