Travel Management Rule

On November 2, 2005, the Forest Service announced final travel management regulations governing OHVs and other motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. Under the new rules, forests that do not restrict OHV travel to "designated roads-and-trails" must do so.

The Coconino National Forest signed a Record of Decision on the Travel Management Project on September 28, 2011. This decision and the Final Environmental Impact Statement are available at the link above. Implementation of these new rules went into effect on May 1, 2012.


Range Management

Annual Operating Instructions for the Coconino Forest's Grazing Allotments.



Current logging projects on the Coconino National Forest.


SOPA (Schedule of Proposed Actions)


NEPA (National Environmental Policies Act)

Published documents and notices for the Coconino National Forest including Environmental Assessments, Decision Notices, Findings of No Significant Impact, Draft and Final Enviromental Impact Statements, and Records of Decision.

For older projects, see "Prior Years Published Documents and Notices"


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Coconino National Forest Current and Recent Projects

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Developing Proposal

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 2014

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.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District 2015 Special Use Permit Reauthorizations

Proposal to reissue two special use authorizations in various locations that will expire in 2015. Uses include a water infrastructure and a resource monitoring site.

Under Analysis

Angell Grazing Alltoment

Reauthorization of livestock grazing on the Angell Grazing Allotment.

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.

Buck Mountain, Baker Butte Lookout Tower Viewshed Project

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

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.

Dahl FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit

Road access permit for access to private land from Highway 180 north of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

Project objectives are to restore and protect important watersheds around Flagstaff by reducing the risk of unnatural, high-severity wildfire and subsequent flooding on steep slopes through a variety of tree thinning methods. More information about the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is also available on the following website:

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.

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.

Hitchin Post Stables Special-Use Permit Reauthorization

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

Mahan-Landmark Forest Restoration Project

Fuels reduction and ecosystem restoration over approximately 42,000 acres east of Lake Mary Road and surrounding Hutch, Mahan, Pine and Landmark Mountains.

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.

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.

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

Pronghorn Fence Modification Project - Phase II

This project would relocate highway right of way fence further from highways in an effort to promote movement of pronghorn across Highway 180.

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.

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.

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.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Trails

Construction of almost 11 miles of non-motorized trails to connect to an existing trail system within Sunset Crater National Monument.

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.

Analysis Completed

APS NO1 Youngs to Mormon Lake 69kV Power Line

Proposal to construct approximately 21 miles of new 69kV power line along the Western Area Power 345 kV lines from Youngs Substation south of I-40 to Forest Road 125 to a new substation on federal land south of Mormon Lake.

Glen Canyon to Pinnacle Peak Transmission Line Vegetation Management

Manage vegetation ro reduce risk of wildfire within a 420-foot corridor for the existing 345kV line traversing the Coconino National Forest. Purpose is to reduce wildfire risk for improved line reliability per the 2005 Energy Policy Act

Hart Prairie Fuels Reduction & Forest Health Project

The Coconino National Forest is in the process of planning and conducting an environmental assessment of proposed fuels reduction and forest health restoration treatments around the communities of Hart Prairie and White Horse Park.

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.

Mogollon Rim Christmas Tree Cutting Project, Wildcat Springs Area

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District is proposing to authorize personal use cutting of White Fir, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine Christmas Trees off of Forest Roads 149, 616, 6034, 9385T, 9385W, 9385X, 6035, 6036 and 6038 in the Wildcat Springs area.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District 2014 Special Use Reauthorizations

Proposal to reissue five special use authorizations in various locations that have expired or will expire in 2014. Uses include cinder stockpile area, private communication leases, water infrastructure and weather stations.

Pinegrove Campground Improvement and Kinnikinick Campground Conversion Project

The Peaks & Mormon Lake Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest is proposing to improve the Pinegrove Campground and convert the Kinnikinick Campground to a day-use area. The proposed project would address the growing demand for camping along the Lake Mary corridor by adjusting the management of Pinegrove and Kinnikinick campgrounds. This would involve improving and expanding camping availability and access at Pinegrove Campground and converting Kinnikinick to a day-use area, while continuing to provide dispersed camping opportunities along the road to Kinnikinick Lake. We are now accepting public comments on the EA for this project. Please see the Legal Notice below for details.

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).

Walker Basin Range Allotment

On March 21, 2011, District Ranger Heather Provencio signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed action in the Walker Basin Rangeland Management Analysis Environmental Assessment. The proposed action would continue to authorize livestock grazing on the Walker Basin Range Allotment. Additionally, the proposed action contains specific improvements to manage and distribute cattle across the allotment. Additional adaptive management strategies have also been developed as part of this proposal. The environmental assessment and decision can be reviewed below. There is a 45 day appeal period on the decision. The legal notice, describing appeal procedures, is also below.

Windmill West Allotment

Reauthorization of livestock term grazing permit on approximately 108,100 acres.

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.

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.

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. The Coconino National Forest is seeking public input on this proposal. Please send your comments to Paul Supawanich, Associate Project Planner, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates; via telephone at (415)284- 1544) e-mail at, or postal mail at 116 New Montgomery Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94105. The agency contact for this proposal is Sara Dechter, Social Science Analyst. She can be reached via telephone at (928) 527-3413 or by email at Your input would be most useful by July 1, 2013. The City of Sedona and the Northern Arizona intergovernmental Transportation Authority are partners in this process.


Arizona Water Company Water Storage Tanks

Proposal to construct a 1.5 million gallon water storage and associated pipeline facilities in the Chapel/Broken Arrow area of Sedona.

C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir Fish Restoration

Removal of non-native fish species that are impacting existing sport fish and native fish populations potentially using piscicide.

Cinch Hook Rock Pit Use

Project proposal is to develop and use available basalt rock material within the existing pit boundaries for Forest roads and administrative site maintenance and reconstruction. Rock materials may also be used for road maintenance for timber sales.

Little Bly Pit Rock Crushing Project

This project would crush and stock pile limestone rock that has been disposed of at the site for many years. The crushed rock aggregate would be used to improve forest and other roads on the District. This project has been cancelled becasue the volume of rock available was too small and the equipment available for crushing it is not protable.

Logan's Crossing Watchable Wildlife Project

Project to develop parking and a walking trail to enhance bird watching and recreation opportunities along the Rio de Flag. Also includes installation of some interpretive signs.

Long Valley Experimental Forest Restoration Project

Purposes: to conduct experimental studies to further knowledge and practice of ecological restoration treatments in southwestern ponderosa pine ecosystems; reduce hazardous fuel accumulations; create a demonstration area over about 1,100 acres. The project has been cancelled at this time.

Sedona Marathon Special Use Event

Special use permit to authorize the Sedona Marathon for the next 5 years. The course for the full and half marathon, as well as the 10K race, is partially located on the Coconino National Forest.

Timberline Trail System

Work with Coconino County Parks & Recreation to locate and construct an 8-mile trail connecting Timberline/Doney Park to the City of Flagstaff, near Flagstaff Mall. The trail will link with other Timberline/Doney inter-community trails and the FUTS.

Verde Valley Trail Planning

Establish a system of motorized and non-motorized use trails in the area around Rim Rock, Montezuma and McGuireville to provide a system of sustainable trails.

Watershed Camp Permit Issuance

Proposal by Visionquest to obtain a permit for the Watershed Camp to operate a youth program typically through contracts with the Dept of Corrections.

West Fork of Oak Creek Aquatic Restoration

The West Fork of Oak Creek Aquatic Restoration Scoping Letter is now out for public comment; comments are due by October 2, 2009. The West Fork of Oak Creek, a perennial tributary to Oak Creek has been identified as a potential waterbody to repatriate native aquatic species including Gila trout, loachminnow, spikedace, and northern leopard frogs. The WFOC Aquatic Restoration Project proposes to build an exclusionary fish barrier, eliminate nonnative aquatic species, and re-establish native aquatic species in the creek. Establishment of native aquatic species would be a step forward in the recovery of rare species.

Year-round Recreation Site Access Points, Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Project proposal is to provide new public access and parking areas with various levels of amenities on major forest travel routes for purposes of accommodating winter recreation and increased year-round recreation. The project is currently on hold until until appropriate funding can be obtained.

Project Archive

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

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