Land & Resource Management


Plan Revision

Forest plans for national forests in Arizona and New Mexico were first developed in the 1980s. An effort is being made to revise these plans across the Southwestern Region to reflect current information and needs. The Kaibab National Forest and the Cibola National Grasslands recently completed revision, while the remaining forests are underway, in various stages. Forests need your input – get involved!

Planning Rule

The Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment has signed the 2012 planning rule for land management planning for the National Forest System. This planning rule, which provides a new framework to be used for all management plans for the 155 national forests and grasslands across the country, was developed through the most collaborative rulemaking effort in Agency history.



Restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

Geology & Minerals

The geology of the Southwestern Region is one of the main attractions for recreational visitors who come to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the southwestern landscapes.