2018 Forest Plan

The Coconino National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, generally known as the Forest Plan, gives the strategic direction for managing the Coconino National Forest. The Forest Plan provides for integrated multiple-use and sustained-yield of goods and services from the forest in a way that maximizes long-term net public benefits in an environmentally sound manner. The current Forest Plan for the Coconino National Forest is the Revised Forest Plan that was completed and published in May 2018.

We apreciate the public's participation throughout the plan revision process and believe that stakeholder involvement and input helped to develop effective and sustainable forest guidance for the next decade and beyond.

Administrative Change #2 to the Forest Plan

This administrative change carries forward modifications and clarifications to the Coconino Forest Plan, and an errata to the Record of Decision (ROD), to address the decision made on appeals of the plan, follow the instructions given in that decision, and provide the resolutions agreed to and offered in appeal resolution meetings with the apellants. The alterations made as part of this administrative change, as well as the errata to the ROD, are listed in the attached document, “Coconino Forest Plan, Administrative Change per Appeal Resolutions, Administrative Change #2.” In this document, additions are indicated by bold, italicized text; deletions are indicated by strike-through text. The pages of the Forest Plan that have been modified by this administrative change and the errata for the ROD are published on the 2018 Forest Plan & Final EIS webpage.

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring Transition to Focal Species

In order to comply with the requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule, the Coconino National Forest must make an administrative change to the Monitoring Strategy, specifically making the transition from management indicator species (MIS) to focal species, identifying and monitoring for these focal species. The Coconino NF prepared proposed changes to the monitoring strategy and published these changes for public review and comment in December and January 2019. Due to the partial government shutdown, review and comment was extended through February 2019. As a result of the insights provided in comments, the Coconino NF made some important changes to our proposal. This administrative change has been approved (approval letter) and the resultant changes to the Coconino Forest Plan Monitoring Strategy (Chapter 5 of the Forest Plan) are described and listed in the document "Coconino Administrative Change per Monitoring Transition to Focal Species." 

The Coconino National Forest has conducted regular monitoring and evaluation of forest resources. Annual reports are available on the Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation webpage. The first biennial monitoring and evaluation report will be published in 2020.

Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan

Fossil Creek was designated by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River in 2009, which includes approximately 17 miles of river located in central Arizona. Coconino and Tonto National Forests are developing the Fossil Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan to manage the area since its popularity has increased and the area has suffered from the impact of trash and overuse.  The public plays a pivotal part in developing the plan and is encouraged to participate in developing the plan for future management.

Red Rock Pass Fee Program Proposal (2015)

The Coconino National Forest is seeking comments from the public regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program that will enable continued improvements to two new stand-alone fee sites, and reduce public confusion about fee sites versus fee areas.

Red Rock Ranger District Trails Planning (2013-Present)

The Red Rock Ranger District held monthly meetings in 2013 to discuss new trails and trailheads for potential addition to the District’s official trail system. A report summarizing the results of the meetings is now available (Red Rock Trails Planning Results 2013 and Appendices).

Red Rock District Ranger Nicole Branton is now asking for broader public feedback about some of the specific trail ideas. Please see:

SOPA (Schedule of Proposed Actions)