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New Kaibab National Forest Plan Released

March 04
22:41 2014

The new land and resources management plan for Kaibab National Forest has been released along with its final environmental impact statement (FEIS).

Kaibab National Forest

After nearly eight years of collaboration, outreach and strong effort by our employees and many partners and active stakeholders, I believe we have an exceptional forest plan that will stand the test of time as it is implemented, monitored and adapted on the Kaibab National Forest over the next two decades”–Mike Williams, Kaibab National Forest Supervisor

The new Kaibab National Forest Plan replaces the original 1988 forest plan. It provides a guide for site-specific actions in managing 1.6 million acres of forest.

Objectives of the new plan include:

  •  Restore ponderosa pine, mixed conifer forests and grasslands by reducing fire risk through thinning and prescribed burns
  •  Promote aspen regeneration and protect natural waters
  • Provide for sustainable uses to meet current demands
  • Establish a monitoring method for adaptive management
  • Recommend an additional 6,400 acres for wilderness designation

The new plan was developed using the best available science. It was a collaboration with public, partners and conservation organizations, along with federal, state, local and tribal governments.

The full copy of the plan and FEIS are available on the forest service website. You can e-mail a request for a paper copy to
[email protected] Copies are also available at the Kaibab National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 800 S. 6th St. in Williams. For more information, contact Ariel Leonard, forest planner, [email protected], (928) 635-8200.

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