Planning

Bike Meadow with green trees and the mountains in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Plan Revision 


What were you doing in 1986? The Manti-La Sal National Forest signed its current forest plan in 1986. Plan revision addresses the ecological, social, and economic changes over the past 35 years by adapting to new scientific information, rules and laws. Ultimately, a revision better supports the needs of the forest and its surrounding communities today and into the future.

What is a forest plan? 

Forest plans are legally required documents that establish broad, long-range, general management direction to maintain or achieve desired conditions. Together, desired conditions and objectives describe what actions Forest Service managers intend to implement across the Manti-La Sal landscape while still providing sustainable usage by individuals and communities. As forest and community needs change, forest plans should be amended or revised to respond to these changes and incorporate the latest scientific knowledge and understanding of land management.

What is the forest plan revision process?

The process of revising a forest plan includes the following steps: assessment, preliminary identification of the need to change the plan based on the assessment, development of a proposed plan, consideration of the environmental effects of the proposal (environmental impact statement), providing an opportunity to comment on the proposed plan and environmental effects analysis, providing an opportunity to object before the proposal is approved, and, finally, approval of the plan revision.

The Federal Register Notice of Intent is available for viewing here.

The legal notice published August 25, 2021 is available for viewing here.

ETV News legal notice proof is available for viewing here.

How can I participate in the process?

You are an important part of the revision process. Your input matters! Forest plans should reflect the diverse interests and desires of the people who use the forest—even when they don’t agree.

During these challenging times, the Manti-La Sal is committed to providing an extended public participation opportunity (36 CFR 219.4) to allow the public and stakeholders additional time to review the draft forest plan, participate in virtual workshops, and craft comments. The forest has entered the official scoping period, comments may be submitted at this time. The official scoping period began August 25, 2021 when a notice of intent was published in the Federal Register. 

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Public Scoping

To provide the public an opportunity to safely discuss current draft products with subject matter experts from the Manti-La Sal National Forest, virtual engagements will be scheduled throughout September 2021.

The ecological discussion will cover: wildlife, botany, hydrology, fire/fuels management, special designations: wilderness, wild & scenic rivers, research natural areas, botanical or geological areas. The socio-economic resources discussion will cover: recreation/scenery, range management, timber, minerals, cultural resources, watershed management (Moab Geographic Area, others).

Topic Date Time Link
Online Information Overview Sept. 15 6:00 -7:30 PM

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Ecological Resources Discussion Sept. 21 6:00 -7:30 PM

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Socio-Economic Resources Discussion Sept. 22 10:00 -11:30 AM

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Submit a comment

Submit a comment using our online comment page. Eligible comments submitted at this time will establish standing for future objections.

 

Comments may also be submitted two other ways:

           Email: mlnfplanrevision@usda.gov

           Mail: Manti-La Sal National Forest Supervisor’s Office
           599 West Price River Drive
           Price, UT, 84501

Public Participation Content for Review

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before reviewing the forest plan revision documents.

Check out our story map by clicking the image below for a brief overview of resource topics and maps covered in our draft forest plan revision.

Story Map Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft forest plan documents and data

Assessment

Recorded Virtual workshops

Below, you can learn more about the Manti-La Sal’s forest plan revision efforts through our previously recorded virtual webinars from fall of 2020. These five videos cover most of the major resource areas in the forest plan.

Introduction to the forest plan (October 8, 2020).

 

Recreation, access, recreation opportunity spectrum, recreation and lands special uses, facilities, recommended wilderness evaluation, and Maple Canyon geographic area (October 22, 2020).

 

Vegetation, at-risk plants, timber, fire and fuels, grazing and range management, wildlife habitat, at-risk animals, and Horn Mountain and Wildcat Knolls geographic area (November 5, 2020).

 

Cultural and heritage resources, tribal engagement, geology and paleontology, energy and minerals, Bears Ears National Monument, and Elk Ridge geographic area (November 19, 2020).

 

Watersheds, riparian management zones, municipal water supplies, aquatics, eligible wild and scenic rivers, and the Moab geographic area (December 3, 2020).​

Brochures and Posters



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mantilasal/landmanagement/planning