Gila National Forest Schedules Public Meetings for its Forest Plan Revision

The Gila National Forest will hold several public meetings to provide opportunities to interact with Forest Service staff and provide input on the next steps for the Forest Plan revision. The revised Forest Plan will provide the strategic direction for management of Forest resources for the next 15 years.

This Forest Plan revision process began in 2015 (assessment phase) pursuant to the 2012 National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The forthcoming meetings relate to the 2nd phase in the revision process, which is the development of a revised Forest Plan. The Forest estimates that it will complete a draft Forest Plan by spring 2018 and a final revised Forest Plan by summer/fall 2019. The final phase of the revision process is the implementation and monitoring of the final approved Forest Plan.

ARRA has had concerns that the 2012 Planning Rule clearly provides that preservation trumps social and economic factors, including recreation, contradicting the Multiple Use-Sustained Yield Act, the statute that authorizes many Forest activities. While this Forest Plan revision will not specifically make decisions with respect to the management of individual roads or trails, such as those that might be associated with a Travel Management Plan, the Forest Plan revision will likely provide broad, strategic guidance.

It is important that OHV enthusiasts stay involved in the Forest Plan revision process to help protect access!

June 12, 5-7:30 p.m.
Quemado HS gym, 3484 Hwy. 60, Quemado, NM

June 13, 5-7:30 p.m.
Catron County Fairgrounds Building, Hwy. 12, Reserve, NM

June 14, 5-7:30 p.m.
Grant County Conference Ctr., 3031 Hwy. 180 E., Silver City, NM

June 15, 5-7:30 p.m.
Albert Lyon Event Ctr., 2953 S Broadway, Truth or Consequences, NM

June 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
NM Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Las Cruces, NM

For further information, visit the Gila Forest Plan Revision Website. You may also contact the Forest at (575) 388-8201.

About ARRA

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.

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