Land Management Plans (LMP) set the overall management direction and guidance at a forest-wide scale. These plans guide the direction of specific projects or activities on the ground. Beginning in June 2020, the Rio Grande National Forest’s newest LMP will provide guidance for the implementation of management activities across the 1.8 million-acre Rio Grande National Forest for the next 10 to 15 years.

Maps found in the Rio Grande National Forest's Land Management Plan

Map – Timber Suitability

Map – Management Areas

Map – Fisheries Activities East

Map – Fisheries Activities West

Map – Fisheries Activities North

Map – Fisheries Activities South

Map – Scenic Integrity Objectives

Map – Oil & Gas Stipulations

Map – Recreation Opportunity Spectrum

Reserved for additional maps


Assessments, required by the 2012 planning rule, identify and evaluate existing information to support land management planning (36 CFR 291.19). They are not decision-making documents. Instead they provide a snapshot in time of the information on select topics relevant to the plan area in the context of the broader landscape.

The Rio Grande combined the 15 assessment topics into nine separate reports. Each report includes an executive summary document that is organized to show 1) what was asked; 2) what we heard; and 3) where we’re headed. The detailed assessments were prepared by a variety of authors including Forest Service personnel, private contractors, educators and researchers.

2020 LMP Monitoring

Monitoring is an important element of the Land Management Plan. Chapter 4 of the plan describes the monitoring and adaptive management program. An increased emphasis on Citizen Science monitoring will contribute to monitoring efforts.

Follow to the LMP Monitoring Implementation Plan 

The inagural Land Management Plan Monitoring Stakeholders meeting has been set for April 29, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This online meeting will be conducted on the Zoom platform. Follow the link below to join the meeting.

See the April 21, 2021 news release.

There are no monitoring reports at this time.

Amendments / Corrections

Amendments or corrections to the Land Management Plan are sometimes needed to address a change in condition, laws, or unforeseen circumstances.

There are currently no amendments or corrections to the LMP.

Adaptive Management and Annual Stakeholder Meeting

To be more responsive to necessary changes in Land Management Plan content, proposed changes and rationale for those changes will be posted to this site annually. In conjunction with the release of proposed changes, a stakeholder meeting will be held to address implementation of the forest plan and the proposed changes. Any proposed changes will follow application direction and include a period for public comment. The Responsible Official will determine and apply the proper authorities to be used when changing forest plan content.  

The 1996 Revised Forest Plan

Projects that began under the direction of the 1996 Revised Forest Plan will continue until their completion. This Plan was developed and implemented in 1996 and no longer applied to the Rio Grande NF due to a change in vegetation as a result of long-term beetle infestations and other defoliators that caused significant mortality in several tree species.

1996 Revised Forest Plan


  • Monitoring
    Monitoring is the key to adaptive management and is the necessary feedback mechanism for improved resource management.