Forest Plan Revision

This is the cover for the Forest Plan Revision


Forest Planning = City Zoning

  • Forest Plans similar to zoning requirments (i.e., which sections will be residential, industrial, or commercial)
  • Plan may also contain city-wide rules, broad application but not specific to every house
  • Forest Plans are broad and programmatic
  • Site-specific decisions within the broad framework will be made later

Decisions Made in a Forest Plan

  • Forest-wide goals and objectives
    • Goal: A concise statement that describes a desired condition to be achieved sometime in the future.
    • Objective: A concise time-specific statement of measurable planned results that responds to a goal.
  • Forest-wide standards and guides
    • Standards: A required course of action designed to achieve goals and objectives.
    • Guidelines: A preferred course of action designed to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Management area delineations and management direction
    • Management areas are specific locations on the Forest.
    • Direction defines how the area will be managed by incorporating goals and objectives with a desired future condition.
    • Desired future condition will explain biological, physical and social conditions for that area.
  • Identification of lands not suited for timber production
  • Monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Recommendation for official designation of wilderness
    • Draft inventory of unroaded and undeveloped lands on the Uinta National Forest

Why Revise a Forest Plan?

  • Laws and Regulations require revision every 10-15 years
  • Changes in community and natural environment prompt re-examination of previous assumptions and decisions
  • Like an aging house we need to maintain, repair or replace the most critical items first and then other less critical items as time and budget allow
  • Federal mandates, critical monitoring or public concerns first
  • Continuous Assessment Planning (CAP) follow-up on additional items over time

Coordination with our Neighbors

  • Adjacent Forests: Wasatch-Cache, Ashley and Manti-La Sal
    • Coordinated planning and studies
    • Unique planning and studies
  • Other adjacent landowners, federal agencies, tribal governments, state, counties, cities and private
    • Concurrent planning efforts
    • Common issues
    • Compatibility

The First Step in Forest Plan Revision

  • Analysis of Mangement Situation
    • Review need for change based upon monitoring and analysis
  • Public involvement throughout the revision process
    • Formal scoping begins September 1999 with the issuance of the Notice of Intent

How You can Get Involved in the Forest Plan Revision

  • Public understanding and contributions are critical to a successful Forest Plan Revision
    • Get involved now, if you are not on our mailing list return a copy of the interest card
    • Prior to the Draft Plan and Draft EIS
    • Between the Draft and Final
    • Continuously and often
  • Methods - How you best interact with us and vice-versa?

 When will the Forest Plan Revision be Complete?

  • False starts, 1998 Appropriations Act stopped all new revisions
  • 1999 Appropriations Act directed the Uinta and 12 other Forests to begin this year to meet the 15 year deadline
  • Milestones
    • Analysis of the management situation - August 1999
    • Formal scoping begins - September 1999
    • Draft Revision Plan and Draft EIS - 2000
    • Final Revision Plan and EIS - 2001

Meet the Planning Team

Forest Supervisor - Pete Karp
Forest Planner - Reese Pope
Public Involvment - Loyal Clark
Team Leader - Marlene DePietro
Writer/Editor - Andi Bauer
Landscape Architect - Dave Christensen
Biological Scientist - Robbie McAboy
Social Scientist - Barbara Ott