Planning

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Forest Plan Revision

The Current Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan was published in 1986.  Since that time the needs of the Forest and the surrounding communities have changed.  New scientific knowledge has become available; additional land management laws have been put into place; and the needs of the resource, and local economies are different.  The Manti-La La Sal National Forest is currently revising its Forest Plan to best meet the current and future needs of the Forest and its surrounding communities.

Planning Update

We anticipate being able to officially scope our Draft Plan with the public when social engagement restrictions due to the Covid-19 situation are reduced. We are hopeful this can happen summer 2020. Here is an example of the Draft Plan’s Table of Contents and Resource Section Structure, please note that adjustments may occur as the Forest continues to refine and improve the Draft Plan in preparation for scoping. We look forward to engaging with you soon!

 

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The Planning Process

Specific guidance for developing a Forest Plan is detailed in the 2012 Planning Rule which emphasizes collaboration and the role of public involvement.

The Plan Revision process includes Three Phases: AssessmentPlan Development, and Monitoring.

Each phase has specific tasks and requirements which can be found in the Planning Rule and multiple opportunities for public participation.

The Forest Plan Revision process is expected to take four years, with a decision and final plan available in 2022.

When preparing a new Forest Plan, in addition to developing an Assessment and Need for Change, the Planning Rule requires that several concurrent analysis be completed to best inform the plan.

Areas analyzed:

Species of Conservation Concern (SCC) 

Species of Conservation Concern are a species “... other than federally recognized threatened, endangered, proposed, or candidate species, that is known to occur in the plan area and for which the regional forester has determined that the best available scientific information indicates substantial concern about the species’ capability to persist over the long-term in the plan area.” [36 CFR 219.9(c)]

Wilderness

When revising the land management plan, the Manti- La Sal National Forest is required to identify and evaluate lands that may or may not be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and determine whether to recommend to Congress any such lands for wilderness.

Scenery Management System (SMS)

The Scenery Management System provides an overall framework for the orderly inventory, analysis, and management of scenery. Scenery Management System is a tool for integrating the benefits, values, desires, and preferences regarding aesthetics and scenery for all levels of land management planning.

Wild and Scenic River (WSR)

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, establishes a National Wild and Scenic Rivers System for the protection of selected national rivers and their immediate environments, which possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values which are to be preserved in free-flowing condition.

How to Stay Involved

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for participation throughout the Forest Plan Revision process for the Public, State, Local and Tribal governments and communities.

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Click on Each Tab to learn more about PublicCooperating Agency, and Tribal Engagement opportunities.

Calendar of Events

Cooperating Agency Dates:

Dates to be determined after restrictions from Covid-19 are reduced.

Public Dates:

Dates to be determined after restrictions from Covid-19 are reduced.



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