The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today hosted a public symposium on Forest Plan Revision to give the community an overview of the process and an opportunity to hear from Forest Service specialists who recently completed assessments of the current ecological, economic and social conditions on the forest.
The Forest Plan is a comprehensive document that guides forest management, use and protection for a period of 10 to 15 years.
Topics presented at the day-long symposium included water, vegetation, soils, air, minerals, and species as well as cultural and historic resources, economic sustainability, range and grazing, recreation and scenery, and infrastructure.
The symposium at the Santa Fe Community College launched the next phase of Forest Plan Revision, which includes another round of public meetings to identify specific areas in the current Forest Plan that need to be updated to reflect public input and current science on multiple-use land and resource management.
Ten so-called “Need for Change” meetings will take place across the SFNF Oct. 26 through Nov. 17.
The schedule, including times, locations and the agenda, is posted on the Forest Plan Revision website. The need-for-change statements developed at these meetings will be used to write the revised Forest Plan.
“The Santa Fe National Forest is important to many people for many different reasons,” Forest Planner Jennifer Cramer said. “This is a real opportunity for all of our stakeholders to have a direct impact on the management of the forest over the next several decades.”
Forest Plan Revision is a multi-year process, and the new Forest Plan is expected to be finalized in 2018. For additional information, contact the Forest Plan Revision team at firstname.lastname@example.org.