Public comment deadline today on draft of Carson National Forest plan

Staci Matlock
Posted 11/7/19

The public has until the end of today (Nov. 7) to comment on forest management plans for the Carson, Santa Fe and Cibola national forests. Those plans will guide management and specific projects on those national forests for the next two decades.

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Public comment deadline today on draft of Carson National Forest plan

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The public has until the end of today (Nov. 7) to comment on forest management plans for the Carson, Santa Fe and Cibola national forests. Those plans will guide management and specific projects on those national forests for the next two decades.

The plans are vital. They need public comment. The plans will determine things like where protected corridors should go to help the migration of wildlife and how best to protect rivers. They will determine how recreation, hunting, livestock grazing and prescribed burns in the forests are managed. In light of climate change, those decisions become increasingly vital in preserving wild public lands for future generations.

The Carson National Forest sprawls across more than 1.3 million acres of mountains, canyons and sagebrush flats, abutting the 1.5 million acres of the Santa Fe National Forest. Those two national forests encompass a wide swath of north-central New Mexico.

This will be the first time the Carson National Forest management plan has been updated since 1986. The process to revise that plan began five years ago with on-the-ground assessments of the forest, wildlife species and other factors. Several public meetings were held. The draft land management plan and environmental impact statement were presented for a 90-day public comment period beginning Aug. 7.

The Carson Plan documents an assessment of the forest's vulnerability to climate change and of the vulnerability of nearby communities. The draft plan includes alternatives for managing the forest, including one preferred by Carson staff.

Find the plan by searching "Carson National Forest plan."

To comment online on the draft plan, visit cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=47966.

Comments can also be emailed to carsonplan@fs.fed.us. Mail comments to Plan Revision Team Carson National Forest, 208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571 - or drop off written comments by the close of business Thursday at any district office.

The Carson National Forest expects to release the final forest management plan and environmental impact statement in spring 2020. Then the public will have a final 60 days to object to any portion of the plan and suggest final revisions. It will be up to the forest supervisor to incorporate or reject those objections.

Miranda Canyon: protect or not?

An open house is planned today (Nov. 7) from noon to 8 p.m. to discuss the possible temporary closure of Miranda Canyon due to problems with trash, graffiti and off-road vehicles.

The open house, sponsored by the Miranda Canyon Commission and the U.S. Forest Service, will be held at the Llano Quemado Community Center.

If you love the Miranda Canyon area and want to help protect it, plan on attending and sharing your ideas.

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