Public Participation

Official 90-day Comment Period

The publication date of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the 90-day comment period for a proposed action documented in a DEIS. Electronic, written, fax, hand-delivered, and oral comments concerning this action will be accepted.

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We encourage you to provide your comments by going to the project’s website (http://go.usa.gov/jHnY) and using the “Comment on Project” link on the right hand side of the page.

Electronic comments may also be emailed to: coconino_national_forest_plan_revision_team@fs.fed.us.

Comments can be included directly in the body of the e-mail message or as an attachment in Word document format (.doc, .docx), portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rtf), text (.txt), or hypertext markup language (.html).

If you would like to submit your comments in hard copy format, then they must be sent or hand-delivered to:


Coconino National Forest Plan Revision Team
1824 S. Thompson Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Fax number: (928) 527-3620

 

The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered written comments are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Oral comments must be provided at the Supervisor’s Office or Ranger District Offices during normal business hours via telephone or in person.
 

Comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. The submission of timely and specific comments can affect a reviewer’s ability to participate in subsequent administrative review or judicial review.
 

Please note that comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to participate in subsequent administrative review or judicial review.
 

Once the comment period is over, we will review and respond to comments received and prepare the final Coconino National Forest Land Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement. We expect to have these completed in summer 2015. Take a moment to look at the FAQs regarding the comment period for more information.
 

Tips on Effective Commenting

Now is your chance to comment on the Draft Land and Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
First, there are a few important points you need to know about how we respond to comments and how we can both get the most out of your review of these documents. If you are going to take time to comment, you want it to count.
 

  • Substantive comments provide factual information, professional opinion, or informed judgment that is relevant to the action being proposed. Substantive comments are specific, comparative, or solution oriented. A substantive comment provides the reasons why and goes beyond just expressing an opinion. Comments such as, “The proposed action looks good” is not substantive. We want to know why the proposed action looks good.
  • This is not a voting process. Comments are considered based on content, not quantity. While all comments will be considered, we find substantive comments related to the alternatives the most useful.”

Public Meetings Held

The Coconino National Forest hosted two separate rounds of public meetings.

JANUARY MEETINGS                               FEBRUARY MEETINGS

 

January 14 (3-7 p.m.)
Flagstaff Aquaplex
Meeting Room A
1702 N. Fourth St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Description: Open House and Workshop

February 24 (3-7 p.m.)
Flagstaff Aquaplex
Meeting Room A
1702 N. Fourth St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Description: Focus Topic/Comment Workshop

January 15 (3-7 p.m.)
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport
Conference Room
235 Air Terminal Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
Description: Open House and Workshop

February 25 (3-7 p.m.)
Sedona-Oak Creek Airport
Conference Room
235 Air Terminal Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
Description: Focus Topic/Comment Workshop

January 16 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Mogollon Rim Ranger District
8738 Ranger Road
Happy Jack, AZ 86024
Description: Open Office Hours/Walk-ins

February 26 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Mogollon Rim Ranger District
8738 Ranger Road
Happy Jack, AZ 86024
Description: Open Office Hours/Walk-ins

Round one focused on how to navigate through the documents; submit substantive, high quality comments; and finding out topics participants are most interested in.

Round two focused on discussing and answering questions regarding previously identified topics. Meetings in Flagstaff and Sedona were divided into three sessions over the course of the evening, with two simultaneous “tracks” taking place during each session to give participants a choice of focus topics to discuss.

Participants were welcome to attend all three sessions, if they chose, and could move freely between tracks. Additionally, a commenting station was available for participants to make electronic or hardcopy comments in-person.

 

TRACK 3-4:30 p.m. 4:30-6 p.m. 6-7 p.m.
1 Dispersed Recreation Motorized Recreation Permitted Uses
2 Wildlife & Water Resources Wilderness & Special Areas Open Q & A

 

 Red Rock Secret WildernessCoconino Forest Plan Art Contest

Show the rest of the Coconino National Forest community what you love about your forest. Submit your original artwork, and your entry may be featured in the new Coconino Forest Management Plan! It could be a painting of a local mountain peak, scenic canyon view, photograph or sketch of your favorite forest creature or location. All artists whose work is included in the Plan will be credited for their work! The Forest Management Plan is an important document for our community because it provides long-term, forest-wide guidance on a range of forest uses and activities.  Click here for more information about the contest and rules!

Past Public Meetings

Handouts and information on past public meetings.

Public Notices

Federal Register notices.

Summaries of Past Public Comment

Received from 2006 through 2008.