Thanks to a grant from Arizona State Parks, work has commenced to naturalize the first 1/8 mile of the Butcher Jones Trail which follows the contour of Saguaro Lake. The trail is being naturalized by removing pavement, railings, benches, interpretive signs and a small foot bridge. The Trail will be closed intermittently on days the work is being done. There is a combination of volunteers and contractors who will be completing the work, so closures will be intermittent. The construction should be completed by the end of June. Once construction is complete the trail be a natural surface similar to other hiking trails around the area.
Camping prohibited for protection of Chiricahua Leopard Frog critical habitat
Camping will be prohibited within 200 ft. of the East Verde River in the Washington Park area beginning April 13, 2015.
The prohibited camping area includes Forest Road (FR) 32A (Washington Park Rd.) and the dispersed camp sites located off the road for a distance of one mile from the start of FR 32A proceeding north to the Washington Park trailhead (end of road) then extending 200 ft. from the river’s edge. This closure is only applicable to overnight camping within the 200 ft. corridor.
SRP has advised the Tonto National Forest they will begin releasing water from Horseshoe Lake on Monday, April 6, 2015. Water flow in the Verde River between Horseshoe and Bartlett may reach 3,000 cubic feet per second, and water levels in Bartlett Lake will rise quickly. Campers are advised to camp at least 20 – 30 feet above the shoreline. This release is expected to last for approximately two weeks. Visit Salt River Project reservoir release page for details.
The purpose of this Order is to provide protection from disturbance caused by human activity in a high-intensity recreation area, for Bald Eagle nesting, incubation, nestlings, and fledgling during the critical reproductive period.
The following acts are prohibited on the National Forest System lands within the areas, roads and trails as described in this Order, and as depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A, within the Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest, Maricopa County, Arizona:
Going into or being upon the area, between December 1 and June 30, each year
The purpose of this order is for the protection of forest visitors, employees, cooperators and contractors while maintenance and vegetation rehabilitation work is being performed on the power lines adjacent to the trails where there is significant risk of serious bodily harm during these procedures.
To provide protection from disturbance caused by human activity in a high-intensity recreation area, for Bald Eagle nesting, incubation, nestlings, and fledglings during the critical reproductive period.
Prohibitions: Going into or being upon the restricted area between the dates of December 1 and June 30 of each year that this order is in effect. 36 CFR 261.53(a)
Prohibitions contained in this Order become effective March 12, 2014 and will remain in effect until March 31, 2017, unless terminated sooner. If by March 31 of any year, the breeding pair is not occupying the breeding area (BA) or the specific nest this closure protects, or the pair in an occupied BA does not lay eggs in a nest within the closure, then the closure may be terminated by the Forest Supervisor and the area opened to the public.