We are pleased to let you know about the next phase of public engagement in the Forest Plan Revision process for the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Attached is a letter from Joseph Norrell, the Deputy Forest Supervisor, describing upcoming opportunities to get involved in Forest Plan Revision along with more details on meetings and field trips open to the public this fall.
In September 2016, we will have five general and five technical meetings on wilderness evaluation, all of which are open to the public. These meetings are an opportunity to learn about the wilderness characteristic criteria and how the wilderness evaluation is performed and provide site-specific input for areas that will be evaluated for wilderness character. The meeting dates and locations are:
- September 13th in Pecos (Pecos High School Board Rm)
- September 19th in Jemez (TBD)
- September 20th in Gallina (Coronado High School, Auditorium State Hwy 96 #1903, Gallina, NM 87107)
The general meetings, scheduled for the evening (6-8pm) to make it easier for members of the public to participate, will include opportunities to interact with Forest Service staff and provide comments. There is no need to RSVP for the general meetings.
The technical meetings, earlier in the afternoon on the same dates (1-4:30pm), will include more in-depth discussions about the evaluation process. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about our internal processes and provide public input about specific features on the landscape. We are asking for RSVPs for the technical meetings so we know how many people to expect. Please email (email@example.com) or call (505-438-5442) the Forest Plan Revision Team and let us know if you plan to attend a technical meeting.
You can comment in person at the meetings, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by postal mail (11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508). Wilderness evaluation comments are most useful if we receive them by September 30, 2016.