View of Capitol Butte from Mescal Trail

Your comments are welcome on proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass Program. Changes include trailhead improvements and eliminating fee areas in favor of specific fee sites. Give it a read and let us know what you think! Photo: View of Capitol Butte from Mescal Trail, one of several new trails in the Red Rock District. (2015 Deborah Lee Soltesz/USFS)

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Coconino National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

A-1 Mountain Grazing Allotment Permit Authorization Project

This project would determine whether and to what extent a term grazing permit would be issued to continue livestock grazing on the A-1 Mountain Grazing Allotment through an environmental assessment.

AZ Public Service-Salt River Project ROW Vegetation Management with Herbicides

FS must decide if to allow APS and SRP to include using herbicides as a method to manage vegetation on existing APS and SRP transmission ROW within five National Forests in Arizona.

Camping Areas for Group Gathering Special Use Permits, Mogollon Rim District

Large group camp sites are proposed for issuance of temporary Special Use Permits(SUPs) for groups of 75 or more people or for recreation events that involve a fee. Camping areas of two to five acres are proposed at various locations on the District.

Cragin Watershed Protection Project

Fuels reduction over about 64,000 acres within and adjacent to the watersheds that drain into the C. C. Cragin (formerly known as Blue Ridge) Reservoir.

Flagstaff Ranger District 2015 Special Use Permits Reauthorizations.

Propose to reissue approximately 12 special use permits in various locations that will expire in 2015. Uses include private road use permits,ADOT's Oak Creek Rim Maintenance Camp, waterline/springs/storage tank infrastructures and weather stations.

Lockett Meadow Vegetation Management Project

This project would address the interrelated needs to reduce meadow encroachment from ponderosa pine, to remove identified hazard trees within the designated camping area, and reduce created and natural fuels.

Under Analysis

9205K Road Realignment Project

The 9205K road is open to motorized use, but the area is made up of a network of dozens of miles of intertwining unauthorized routes. This project will delineate the road alignment and parking, and block and obliterate adjacent unauthorized routes.

Apache Maid Rangeland Management Analysis

Analyze the conditions on the Apache Maid Range Allotment and its potential to continue to support livestock grazing with the principles of Adaptive Management.

APS 69kv Power Line Permit for Childs-Irving Line

Issuance of a permit to replace the expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower License. Existing 69 kV line that was part of the Childs Irving Power operation and covered under the old license. Has been in continuous operation.

Buck Mountain Lookout Tower Viewshed Project

The project proposes to thin trees and reduce fuel loads around Buck Mountain Lookout Tower to extend the viewshed, improve the ability to detect wildfires and to reduce the threat of fire that could destroy the tower.

Cathedral Rock Trailhead Toilet

The Cathedral Rock Trail receives over 80,000 visitors per year. Most visitors start their hike at the Cathedral Rock Trailhead. The Forest Service proposes to install a vault toilet at this trailhead to address human waste issues and protect water.

Changes to Motor Vehicle Designations

Changes to designations (as currently shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map)for motor vehicles on roads, trails, and areas throughout the Coconino National Forest

Chavez Ranch Road Improvements

Proposal by private developer in coordination with Yavapai County to improve Chavez Ranch Road from Cathedral Vista Road to private property, including road construction.

Cornville Single Track Trail

Evaluate the existing 26-mile social trail known locally as theCornville Single Track Trail for adoption into the Red Rock Trail System. Implementation is dependent on partner involvement.

Forest Plan Amendment for Cultural Resource Protection Standards

To remove unclear or conflicting standards and guidelines in the Forest Plan which suggest the Forest should reach a "No Effect" determination for effects to cultural resources under the National Historic Preservation Act.

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

Creation of a Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek as described in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The project is on both the Coconino National Forest and the Tonto National Forest.

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Geotechnical Soil Test

Conduct a geotechnical soil test within the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River corridor in the vicinity of the historic Fossil Creek Bridge. Evaluate soils to determine if there is potential for a replacement bridge adjacent to the historic bridge.

Fossil Creek WSR Interim Management (2015)

Implement additional interim management actions to protect Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River (WSR) values and improve public safety. Short-term actions include using a reservation system and temporary entry booths to manage day use and camping.

Hitchin Post Stables Special-Use Permit Reauthorization

Reauthorizing special-use permit for horse trail riding and sleigh rides.

Ike's Backbone

Evaluate the vacant Ike's Backbone grazing allotment for closure due to infeasibility of managing grazing on it because of size and topography.

Plan Revision for the Coconino National Forest

Revision of the Coconino National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) that guides activities on the Coconino NF such as recreation management and improvement of ecosystem health. For more information, visit

Rock Pit Development: Coconino and Kaibab National Forests

Development of up to 39 rock pits affecting a total of 434 acres on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests to provide materials for surfacing roads to maintain safe and sustainable road conditions.

Soldier Pass Motorized Use

Analysis of motorized use on Soldier Pass Road and how to bring it into compliance with Forest Plan direction for social encounter levels. Use currently exceeds capacity.

Tobias/Flynn Road Access

Proposal to construct a road from SR179 to private property across Oak Creek from Poco Diablo and Chavez Crossing Group Campground in Sedona. Proposal is the result of litigation requiring the Forest Service to provide an easement.

Turkey Butte/Barney Pasture Forest Health Restoration

This project is designed to reduce improve forest and watershed health in the Turkey Butte and Barney Pasture area. Project activities would include thinning of small and medium diameter trees and prescribed burning.

V-V Viewing Platform

Construct a handicap accessible viewing platform at the V-V cultural site

Analysis Completed

Angell Grazing Alltoment

Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Angell Grazing Allotment.

Arizona Trail Gate Improvement Project

This project would replace gates on the Arizona Trail at nine locations on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District to allow for improved accessibility by hikers, bikers and trail users with livestock and to provide for safer crossings at roadways.

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

NOTICE OF OBJECTION RESOLUTION MEETING -- September 22, 2015 at 13:00, Coconino NF Supervisor's Office, 1824 S Thompson St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Purpose is to discuss and hopefully resolve objections associated with the FWPP draft decision.

Four-Forest Restoration Initiative EIS: Kaibab and Coconino

Implementation of forest restoration activities including thinning of trees, prescribed fire treatments, and watershed and road restoration within 988,764 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. See for information.

Jack Smith/Schultz Fuels Reduction and Forest Health

A fuels reduction/forest health project, in conjunction with the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership, to treat approximately 10,000 acres of forest.

Kelly Motorized Trails

The goal of the Kelly Motorized Trails project is to create a sustainable motorized trail system for both single-track (motorcycles) and larger off-highway vehicles using a combination of existing non-system trails, roads, and new trail construction.

Mountainaire Land Conveyance Correction

Implementation of Public Law 113-107 to authorize the conveyance of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of an erroneous survey conducted in 1960.

Pinegrove Campground Improvement and Kinnikinick Campground Conversion Project

Improve and expand camping opportunities at Pinegrove Campground and convert existing Kinnikinick Campground to day-use.

Schultz Sediment Reduction Project

Project will analyze the effects of issuing a special use permit for a Coconino County proposal to recontour and stabilize watershed channels within the 2010 Schultz burn area to reduce sediment production.

Show Low South Land Exchange

A proposal to exchange 1028 acres Federal Land (Apache-Sitgreaves NFs & Coconino NF) for 1558 acres of non federal lands (Apache-Sitgreaves, Prescott and Coconino NF).

Spring Creek (Oak Creek Aquatic Species Protection)

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) project to construct a fish barrier on Spring Creek to protect the native fish. BOR has prepared the NEPA analysis for public review and comment. The Forest Service will prepare a separate decision based on the analysis.

St. Joseph's Youth Camp Wastewater System Replacement Project

This project would allow for up to 12 test pits ( 3 pits at 4 sites)to be excavated to determine soil suitability in order to identify the location of a new leach field for a new septic system and replacement of the existing system.

Walker Basin Range Allotment

Re-authorization of livestock grazing in a manner that maintains and/or moves the area toward Forest Plan objectives and desired conditions.

On Hold

Cave Springs Bank Stabilization

Stabilize banks of Oak Creek along Cave Springs campground. Would involve stabilizing a collapsing bank and possibly restoring a more natural central channel to the creek by filling in two constricted side channels and opening the middle.

Mt Elden/Dry Lake Hills Recreation Planning

This project is planning for non-motorized recreation for trails, special uses and facilities in the Mt. Elden-Dry Lake Hills (MEDL) area. The next round of public involvement will be related to alternative development in summer 2014.

Sedona-Oak Creek Alternative Transportation Study

The proposal may include a shuttle operation, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The proposal also may include new construction of additional parking areas or facilities, and modifications to vehicle access and parking at existing recreation sites.

Stock tank invasive aquatic species management

Establish clearance for treatments of non-invasive aquatic species in sotck tanks to prevent non-native invasive fish and other aquatic species from being reintroduced to downstream habitat with Threatened, Endangeredm and Sensitive fish.


Cornville Single Track

Evaluate area east of Cornville for development of a motorized single track.

Highway 180 Motorized Trails

The goal of this project is to provide Forest visitors with a sustainable motorized, multi-use trail system along the Hwy 180 corridor that minimizes impacts to natural resources and social concerns/issues.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.