Public Recreation Sustainability meetings begin in January

Release Date: Dec 17, 2012  

Series of meetings being held throughout Tonto National Forest

Phoenix (Dec. 17, 2012) – Recreation officials announced today that they are beginning a series of public long-term recreation sustainability planning meetings throughout the Tonto National Forest beginning in January.

“It is imperative that we look at our long-range recreation management program in terms of sustainability – social, economic, and ecological,” stated Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth.

“We are committed to responsibly serving the public by efficiently operating and, when necessary, modifying the services we offer to ensure recreational activities are provided in the right places,” he continued.  ‘We need the public’s input and support in determining the future of our developed recreation sites.”

“National economic conditions and mounting financial demands underscore the inadequacy of traditional funding sources to meet growing population needs and recreation expectations.   We must not only engage the public to explore their expectations and needs, we must also expand our program delivery capacity funding to utilize user fees, volunteers, grant programs, private donations and partners in the nonprofit sector.

 “Our forest recreation program is one of the largest and most complex in the U.S. National Forest system and requires a wide variety of interests and perspectives to be involved.  We look forward to partnering with our recreation visitors in developing a sustainable recreation program for the future.”

“It is the responsibility of all of us to not only care for today’s forest but also the forest of the future – for our children and our children’s children.  That responsibility is shared by all of us,” concluded Bosworth.

Public meeting schedule, Dec. 17, 2012

Open House

Phoenix Interagency Fire Training Center
6335 S. Downwind Circle, Mesa, AZ

Jan. 8, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

ASU Preparatory Academy
735 E. Fillmore, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Jan. 10, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

Black Mountain Elementary School
33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Jan. 16, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

Gila County Community College - Rm 301
201 Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ

Jan. 24, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park
1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd, Globe, AZ

Jan. 30, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

Tonto Basin Elementary School
445 S. Old Hwy 188, Tonto Basin, AZ

Feb. 6, 2013
6 – 8 pm

Open House

Roosevelt Lake Resort
358 N Stagecoach Trl, Roosevelt, AZ

Feb. 8, 2013
1 – 3 pm

Open House

Pleasant Valley Community Center
Hwy 288, Young, AZ

Feb. 11, 2013
6 – 8 pm