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Peter Vahry:
Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan for the Santa Fe
National Forest; Counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval,
San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos, New Mexico

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to revise the Santa Fe National Forest Land
and Resource Management Plan and to prepare an associated Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS).

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SUMMARY: The Forest Service is revising the Land and Resource
Management Plan (hereafter referred to as the forest plan) for the
Santa Fe National Forest. This notice describes the documents
(assessment report, summaries of public meetings, preliminary needs-to-
change statements) currently available for review and how to obtain
them; summarizes the needs to change to the existing forest plan;
provides information concerning public participation and engagement,
including the process for submitting comments; provides an estimated
schedule for the planning process, including the time available for
comments, and includes the names and addresses of agency contacts who
can provide additional information.

DATES: Comments concerning the Needs for Change and Proposed Action
provided in this notice will be most useful in the development of the
revised forest plan and draft EIS if received by August 5, 2016. The
agency expects to release a draft revised forest plan and draft EIS by
summer, 2017 and a final revised forest plan and final EIS by fall,
2018.

ADDRESSES: Written correspondence can be sent to: Santa Fe National
Forest, Attn: Forest Plan, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508, or
emailed to santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Cramer, Forest Planner, Santa
Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. More
information on our forest plan revision process can be found on our Web
site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan. If you have questions
or would like to sign-up for our mailing list, you can email
santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us or call our Forest Plan Revision number:
505-438-5442. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through
Friday.

Read the full notice... https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/html/2016-15525.htm

Peter Vahry:


Comment Period: Scoping for USFS Revising Sante Fe NF Resource Management Plan

First revision in 29 years could lead to more Wilderness designation

The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in commenting on the U.S. Forest Service’s intention to revise the Resource Management Plan for the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. The National Forest Management Act requires plan revisions every 10 to 15 years. This will be the first such revision for this forest in more than 29 years.

The current call for comments relates to the “need for change” and “proposed action,” to include the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act. Scoping is the process of determining which are the most critical issues to study.

Recreation and designated areas are two of the 21 topics initially identified for consideration in the new plan that should be of most interest to AMA members. Discussing recreation, the Forest Service commented on the importance of sustainable recreation management, addressing user conflicts and the “negative impacts of existing roads,” all of which indicate the possibility of reducing motorized recreation.

The Forest Service description of designated areas includes “identifying and evaluating possible additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System” and “protecting and enhancing wilderness values and character of recommended wilderness areas.” Some federal agencies manage Wilderness study areas as though they are congressionally defined Wilderness, sometimes for years on end. And the creation of Wilderness in New Mexico through “enhancements” has long concerned the AMA and its sanctioned, instate club, the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance.

The bottom line is that federal law requires plans for individual national forests to be created and periodically revised to guide the “strategic intent” of their management. While they’re not intended to set specific project, operational or access and travel routes in detail, they do determine broader management objectives. As users of our public lands, it’s important that we remain involved in the process. With little question about the need for change, the Forest Service would do well to hear from motorized recreationists that the new Santa Fe National Forest plan needs to fully consider ongoing public access to motorized routes.

How to submit comments:

U.S. Postal Service: Santa Fe National Forest, Attn: Forest Plan, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508

Email: santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us.

Deadline: Aug. 17

For further information, contact: Jennifer Cramer, Forest Planner, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. More information on the Sante Fe forest plan revision process can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan.


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