Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), all prohibitions listed in Order Number 12-15-258R, affecting areas on National Forest System lands, of the Tonto National Forest, Arizona, dated June 5, 2015 and signed by Neil Bosworth are hereby rescinded and terminated; effective July 2, 2015 at 0800.
PHOENIX, June 22, 2015—For Immediate Release. The Rattlesnake fishing pier, located at Bartlett Lake in Rattlesnake Cove, is closed after a weld broke earlier this week. The pier will remain closed to the public until it can be determined what is needed to repair the break. There is no estimate of how quickly the repairs can be completed so the pier is safe to use again. The Forest Service is actively working on a solution and we ask for your patience.
The purpose of this Order is to provide for the public’s health and safety and to protect National Forest System lands, resources and facilities during the current period of severe fire danger.
Prohibitions contained in this Order become effective at 8:00 AM on June 5, 2015, and will remain in effect until rescinded or until August 30, 2015, whichever occurs first.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both. [16 USC 551, 18 USC 3559, 3571 and 3581].
Flying drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury or death to firefighters and hamper thier ability to protect lives, property, and natural cultural resources.
Fire managers may suspend aerial firefighting until unauthorized UAS leave the area, allowing wildfire to grow larger.
Contact your nearest land management agency office to learn more about UAS and public lands.
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 volunteers and contractors are working on the trail. There is no set work schedule. The construction should be completed by the end of September. 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.
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.