Dog Head Fire Summary Report

The 17,912-acre Dog Head Fire started on the Mountainair Ranger District on June 14, 2016. The ensuing investigation determined that a masticator being used to reduce the forest fuels struck a rock, causing the ignition. This is the summary report from the investigation (pdf).

Forest Plan Revision

Until recently, management of the four National Grasslands and four mountain districts was guided by the 1985 Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. A new, separate plan for the National Grasslands became effective October 16, 2012. The Grasslands plan and Final Programmatic EIS were developed under the provisions of the 1982 Planning Rule.

The assessment phase of forest plan revision for the "mountain districts," the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts—is underway. Please see our forest plan revision webpage.

Travel Management

The Forest Service released the final rule for managing recreational off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the national forests and grasslands in November 2005. The rule provides a framework for each national forest to identify and designate roads, trails, and areas suitable for motorized use. It also prohibits use of motor vehicles off the designated system. The rule was developed to address the threat of unmanaged motorized recreation to the health of the nation's national forests and grasslands.

Secure Rural Schools

On July 6, 2012, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was reauthorized for federal fiscal year (FY) 2012 as part of Public Law 112-141.

Forest Plan Revision

The Cibola is one of eight early adopter forests completing forest plan revision using the 2012 Planning Rule for the Sandia, Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, and Mountainair Ranger Districts.  

Continuing the strong emphasis that has been placed on public engagement throughout this rule-making effort, the USDA formed a Federal Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary and the Chief on implementation of the final planning rule. Click here for more information.

The 2012 Planning Rule Proposed Directives have been released. 

Travel Analysis Process

The Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is a planning tool to be used to identify opportunities for the national forest transportation system to meet current and future management objectives and to provide information that allows integration of ecological, social, and economic concerns into future decisions.  The TAP individually analyzed each of the National Forest System roads, using the associated risks and benefits, and resulted in a matrix to be used as part of future road system decisions.  The TAP is not a signed decision document but is rather a set of recommended changes to the forest transportation system. 

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands elected to conduct this analysis on a district level.  There are 6 TAPs, one for each district, presented below.  The maps show the district roads separated into the categories of “likely needed” and “likely not needed,” from the TAP analysis.


Forest Vicinity Map. Link opens in a Pdf Document


TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2017 TRAIL WORK DAYS! Beginning May 13th & 14th. For More Information Contact: Kerry Wood -- kwood@fs.fed.us or 281-3304. **LOOK for reminders on the Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Facebook Page.