Cibola National Forest and National Grassland Plans

Date: November 4, 2014

Dear Cibola National Forest User and Interested Public:

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands are currently revising the 1985 Forest Plan. During this process, communities and interested groups are encouraged to participate in the meetings and provide input to the future direction and use of the Cibola National Forest mountainous ranger districts. The districts that are currently involved in this process include the Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts. The Forest Plan Revision will be the guiding direction that will result in sustainable management of the Forest’s resources, goods, and services for the next 15 years on our forested lands.

Currently we are in the inventory phase of identifying lands potentially suitable for wilderness consideration. We have been actively reaching out to get collaborative help in identifying inventory lands to evaluate for potential wilderness consideration in all four mountain districts. This process has included collaborating with; local communities; land grant communities; federal, tribal, state and local governments and agencies; and the general public through letters, meetings, presentations and using an innovative web-based mapping tool to help involve everyone in developing a revised Forest Plan.

In response to a request for more time for public to input their information Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman has decided to offer a second input period. The first input period will end November 21. 2014. A second draft of the maps will be prepared and released for the second round of input sometime in late winter.

At the same time the Forest Service will begin to engage the public in the draft development of the proposed forest plan.

We will continue to update you as this project moves forward. For additional immediate information visit the Cibola’s Forest Plan Revision Webpage at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cibola/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fsbdev3_065627

For comment or questions: cibolamtnsplanrevision@fs.fed.us

Sincerely,

/s/Elaine B. Kohrman

ELAINE B. KOHRMAN

Forest Supervisor

cc: Champe Green

pdl r3 cibola rangers

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