Gila National Forest Impacted by Flooding and High Water
Heavy rainfall in many areas of the Gila National Forest has created flooding and high water levels in most rivers, creeks, arroyos, and lakes. Forest visitors are encouraged to check with the local Ranger District office prior to venturing to forest areas as several forest roads are impassable due to washouts, debris such as fallen trees and branches along roadways, plugged culverts, and some roads being under water. A number of trails have also been impacted and are impassable. Read More
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
After a fire the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins before the fire is out and may continue for up to a year. The objective of the BAER program is to determine the need for and to prescribe and implement emergency treatments on Federal Lands to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources.. More on BAER…
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On November 9 2005, the Forest Service published a new Travel Management Rule, governing off-highway vehicles (OHV) and other motor vehicle use on national forests. Click here for a fact sheet about the Travel Management Planning Process.