Flagstaff, AZ -- The Coconino National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to disclose the effects of authorizing grazing on the Pickett Lake and Padre Canyon Allotments. These adjacent grazing allotments consist of 55,807 total acres and are located approximately nine miles southeast of Flagstaff on the Mormon Lake Ranger District. The Forest Service proposes to continue cattle grazing on these two allotments while reducing overall cattle use, reducing cattle graze periods, and increasing pasture rest periods. Grazing rotations would be adjusted so that cattle do not graze in seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands containing emergent vegetation from June 1 to July 15. The EIS will expand on the analysis already done for the Pickett Lake and Padre Canyon Draft Environmental Assessment.
A notice of intent to begin the EIS process was filed in the Federal Register on November 3, 2004, which can be accessed on-line at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/. This notice initiates a 30-day scoping period under the National Environmental Policy Act. The public is asked to provide comments during the scoping period that will help the Forest Service determine the issues that are relevant to this proposal. If you would like information on how to submit comments or would like to be added to the mailing list for this project, please contact Skye Sieber at (928) 527-8216.