The purpose of this Order is the protection of National Forest visitors and employees in areas of high recreation use and forest-urban interface, where the indiscriminate discharge of a firearm is likely to pose a substantial risk to public safety.
PHOENIX, September 22, 2015 - For Immediate Release The Tonto National Forest is advising recreational users of Butcher Jones Beach, that routine water quality samples indicate the presence of E. coli bacteria at levels higher than recommended for swimming by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. “Swim at your own risk” advisory signs have been placed at Butcher Jones, and will remain in place until water quality monitoring shows that E. coli bacteria levels are within recommended limits. E. coli levels are used as indicators of the presence of fecal material in recreational waters, and the possible presence of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoans. Such pathogens may pose health risks to people swimming in a water body.
Water quality testing at other swimming areas on the Tonto NF – Acacia and Boulder (Canyon Lake), and Saguaro del Norte (Saguaro Lake) – indicated these areas are safe for swimmers.
To provide for health and safety because of dangerous conditions resulting from Arizona Department of Transportation rock hauling operation along the FR342. This closure will protect the public from harm and create a safer work environment for ADOT contractors.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel catfish and largemouth bass caught from Bartlett Lake in Maricopa County. ADEQ is issuing this advisory because recent fish tissue samples from Bartlett Lake contained elevated levels of mercury.
The purpose of this order is to provide for health and safety because of dangerous conditions resulting from Arizona Department of Transportation construction along the US60 between MP231.5 and MP233. Construction operations within the right of away may produce a falling rock hazard in Devils Canyon recreational area of the Globe Ranger District on the Tonto National Forest. This closure will protect the public from harm and create a safer work environment for ADOT contractors.
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.