Public Meetings Schedule Announced For Tonto NF Forest Plan Revision

Release Date: May 1, 2014  

Contact(s): Ken Born (602) 225-5280


Meetings will be held in Mesa, Cave Creek, Payson, Globe, Roosevelt and Young

 

Phoenix (May 1, 2014) - The public is invited to participate in a series of meetings (“Community Forums”) focused on the assessment of existing conditions and trends on the Tonto National Forest as part of its Land and Resource Management Plan Revision (“Forest Plan”) process. 

The four-year revision process involves three phases: Assessment of forest resource conditions and trends, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the plan.  The Forest is currently in the Assessment phase.

At the community forums, the public can listen to presentations from Tonto NF staff and partners on key Forest Plan topics, and give input during breakout discussions that will follow the presentations.

The Forest Plan, which is a requirement of the National Forest Management Act of 1976, provides a planning and policy framework to guide a National Forest in managing its forest resources, goods, and services. Described as “the view from 30,000 feet,” Forest Plans are strategic and broad in scope and provide guidance in the decision-making process involved with site specific projects.

The Tonto will hold community forums in Mesa, Cave Creek, Payson, Globe, Roosevelt, and Young to solicit input for the Assessment. The schedule for the public meetings is:

Mon, May 19:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Terrestrial Resources - Wildlife & Vegetation
  • Skyline High School, 845 S Crismon Rd, Mesa, AZ

Wed, May 21:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Fire/Fuels, Forestry, Range
  • Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W Main St, Payson, AZ

Wed, June 4:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Recreation, Scenic Resources, Designated Areas
  • Tonto Basin Ranger District Office
  • 28079 N. AZ Hwy 188, Roosevelt, AZ

Mon, June 16:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Cultural Resources, Terrestrial Resources (Wildlife & Vegetation)
  • Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W Main St, Payson, AZ

Tue, Jun 17:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Air, Soil, Water Resources, and Infrastructure
  • Skyline High School, 845 S Crismon Rd, Mesa, AZ

Thu, June 19:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Mineral Resources, Range, Infrastructure
  • Gila County Community College – Gila Pueblo Campus
  • 8274 South Six Shooter Canyon Rd, Globe, AZ

Mon, June 30:  6:30 – 9:00 PM

  • Topics: Recreation, Scenic Resources, Designated Areas
  • Desert Foothills Library
  • 38443 North Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek, AZ

Wed, July 2:  6 – 8:30 PM

  • Topics: Fire/Fuels, Forestry, Range
  • Pleasant Valley Community Center, Hwy 288, Young, AZ

Input on the Assessment can also be provided through the Tonto National Forest Forest Plan Revision web site,  and via email at tontoplan@fs.fed.us.  The Forest will be accepting input for the Assessment through October 1, 2014