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.

Forest Plan Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring Transition to Focal Species

In compliance with the 2012 Planning Rule, the Coconino is proposing changes to the monitoring strategy, specifically the transition from management indicator species (MIS) to focal species, identifying and monitoring for these focal species. The document Coconino National Forest Monitoring Transition to Focal Species describes this proposal and was published for review and comment from December 24, 2018 through January 23, 2019. Due to the partial government shutdown during that time, that period has been extended to February 28, 2019. Please see the extension letter and original notice letter for more information on this administrative change to the revised Forest Plan.

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.


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)