Tonto National Forest draft land management plan released for comment

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Outdoor recreationists are advised that the Tonto National Forest on Dec. 13 released a draft land management plan and draft environmental impact statement for public review and comment.

The draft plan reflects changes in social, economic and ecological conditions since the current plan was approved in 1985. It outlines the strategic management for 2.9 million acres of national forest for the next 10 to 15 years, according to a release.

The Tonto National Forest will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement and provide opportunities for comment. Maps and other planning materials will be available for review and planning team members will be present to answer questions.

Evening open house public meetings:

  • 5-8 p.m. Jan. 22: Payson, Julia Randall Elementary School
  • 5-8 p.m. Jan. 23: Superior, Superior Junior/Senior High School
  • 5-8 p.m. Feb. 5: Cave Creek, Desert Foothills Library
  • 5-8 p.m. Feb. 6: Globe, High Desert Middle School

Public working days at Tonto National Forest offices:

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 10: Cave Creek, Cave Creek District Office
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 16: Phoenix​​​​​​​, Tonto National Forest Supervisors Office
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan 22: Tonto Basin, Tonto Basin Ranger District Office
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 23: Mesa, Mesa Ranger District Office
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 30: Payson, Payson Ranger District Office

All-day technical partner meetings:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Phoenix, 24th Street Conference Center
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Phoenix, location to be determined.

Written and electronic comments will be accepted during the comment period, which ends March 12, 2020. The draft forest plan, draft environmental impact statement, frequently asked questions, how to comment guide, and additional details about the public meetings are at fs.usda.gov/goto/tontoplan.

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