MONTE VISTA, Colo. – The Rio Grande National Forest will hold four public meetings in March. The purpose of the meetings is to share and discuss the draft Need for Change document for the forest plan revision.

The Need for Change document identifies the needs and desires to change the Rio Grande National Forest’s 1996 Land and Resource Management Plan. These draft needs and desires to change are based on law, the forest plan revision assessments, public input and recommendations from forest service staff.

Each meeting is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by an open house where people will be able to interact with specialists to discuss specific plan revision topics. The meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, March 8, at the Conejos Peak Ranger District office, County Road 15571 Rd T., La Jara.

Wednesday, March 9, at the South Fork Community Building, 254 State Highway 149, South Fork.

Monday, March 14, at San Luis Valley Conservancy District Office, 623 Fourth Street, Alamosa.

Tuesday, March 15, Saguache County Road and Bridge Building, 305 3rd Street, Saguache.

The forest plan is the overarching document that guides all management decisions and activities on the entire Rio Grande National Forest, including activities such as preservation of cultural and historic resources, grazing, timber production, recreation, wildlife management, firewood cutting and gathering of special forest products.

For more information, visit the Rio Grande National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande  and click on the forest plan revision link or contact Mike Blakeman at the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.