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Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Schedule of Proposed Actions details all projects on the Tonto that are scheduled for environmental analysis and decisions. The purpose of this schedule is to provide information regarding the nature and location of proposed projects and their status in the analysis process.

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Appeals Decisions

Administrative Appeal Decision
Forest Service line officers make many resource management decisions each year. Most of these decisions are based upon either an environmental impact statement (EIS) or environmental assessment, and are subject to administrative appeal. Usually, all administrative processes established by the Secretary of Agriculture or required by law must be exhausted before a person may bring a court action associated with planning decisions. There are several different regulations under which appeals may be made. A list of each of these regulations and an explanation of their use can be found at:

How do Appeals Work?

Forest Service Environmental Appeal Responses

Southwestern Region Appeals
Contains Southwestern Region documents identified for inclusion by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2)).

Washington Office Projects & Policies
Visit the Washington Office Projects and Policies page to learn what is new at the National Level of the Forest Service. Features the Process Predicament report.

FOIA

For info on the Freedom of Information Act, please visit our FOIA page.

CERCLA

Phillips Mines, Mill and Mining Camp Site EE/CA
Tonto National Forest officials are requesting public comment on the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the Phillips Mines, Mill and Mining Camp Site, located on the Globe Ranger District, Globe, Ariz.  All public comments are due by close of business, Monday, July 15, 2013. The purpose of the EE/CA report is to present a detailed analysis of remediation (cleanup) alternatives that can be used for decision-making.  In addition, the analysis presented in this EE/CA includes discussion of background information, waste characteristics, applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements (ARAR), a risk assessment, and the development and screening of cleanup alternatives.

Tonto National Forest Current and Recent Projects



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Developing Proposal

Forest-wide Filming and Photography Permit Reissuances

The purpose of this project is to re-issue Forest-wide filming and photography permits to Alan Benoit, East-West Productions, and Denton Hanna for up to 5 years each.

Superior Wildlife Water Catchments

Reconstruct two wildlife water catchments in Sonoran Desert to increase water availability for local wildlife during dry periods. Updated materials and design will increase water storage and wildlife access, and decrease maintenance costs.

Under Analysis

Activities Connected to the Pinto Valley Mine

The proposed action is a consolidated authorization to extend previously authorized and/or ongoing activities and uses on National Forest System lands, and limited expansion of existing surface uses for ancillary operations.

Bartlett Lake Marina Permit Reissuance

The purpose of this project is to reissue the Special Use Term Permit for Bartlett Lake Marina.

Bighorn Sheep Population Management Project

The purpose of this project is to authorize the Arizona Game and Fish Department to land helicopters in designated wilderness areas on the Tonto National Forest to capture bighorn sheep. The Notice to Comment was published in the Arizona Capital Times on August 1, 2014 marking the beginning of the 30 day comment period. The comment period will end September 2, 2014. This project is an activity implementing a land management plan and subject to the objection process described in 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

CAMP TATIYEE LAND EXCHANGE - 0100 #5004

Exchange of private parcels in the A-S, Coronado, Prescott, & Tonto NFs for Federal lands in Pinetop-Lakeside (T9N, R22E). Would provide land for children's camps currently under spec. use permit & result in consolid. of isolated parcels on Forests. See other documents here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/projects/proj2007.shtml

Flying V and Flying H Allotment Management Plans

Update and reauthorize two allotment management plans.

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.

Little Green Valley Complex Allotment Management Plan

Update Allotment Management Plan for an active grazing allotment.

Parallel Prescribed Burn

The project is to use prescribed fire to improve timer stands and wildlife habitat by decreasing fire intensity potential.

Payson RD OHV Management Planning

Public scoping for the Payson OHV Recreation Project generated much public interest. As a result of public input from the scoping period, the Payson District Ranger has modified the project and removed the Houston Mesa Equestrian Camp from consideration as an OHV area. A project Scoping Report has also been released to clarify the intent of the project and describe the ongoing analysis process in more detail. The Scoping Report outlines the existing condition in the project area, along with the desired future condition. It also details the purpose and need for the action, along with a modified proposed action. Finally, this report outlines the next steps in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

Plan of Operations for Imerys Perlite Mine

Consolidates previous Plan of Operation and Special Use Permit authorizations, including continued operation of existing sedimentation basin; Use of segments of Forest Roads 229, 989, and 2403 for hauling; and mining at two unpatented claims.

Pleasant Valley Northwest Grazing Allotments Analysis

This analysis covers five grazing allotments and will address actions needed to formalize an adaptive management livestock grazing strategy to maintain or move resources toward desired conditions in the project area as in the Tonto NF Plan.

Red Creek, Six Bar, and Skeleton Ridge Grazing

To improve ecological conditions within three grazing allotments using tools such as adaptive grazing and wildlife habitat improvement and by maintaining or replacing aging structural range improvements such as fences, water developmements.

Resolution Baseline Hydrological & Geotechnical Data Gathering Activities

Resolution Copper Mining, LLC proposes to collect hydrologic, geochemical and geotechnical data in order to provide baseline information on these aspects of the environment over an area being considered for a potential tailings storage site.

Saguaro Lake Marina Permit Reissuance

The purpose of this project is to reissue the Special Use Term Permit for Saguaro Lake Marina.

Salt River Allotments Vegetative Management EIS

On February 22, 2013, the EPA published the Notice of Availability for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), beginning the 45-day comment period that will end on April 8, 2013. The draft EIS contains the purpose and need of the project; a description of the alternatives including the proposed action; discussions of the affected environment describing physical, biological, social and economic components for each potentially affected resource; and discussions of environmental consequences, including direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the alternatives, including the No Action Alternative (FSH 1909.15.20). Comments should be submitted to Debbie Cress, Project Leader, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006 (602)225-5328 or faxed to (602)225-5295. Comments may be submitted by email to comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us

Tonto Basin, 7/K, and Walnut Allotment Management Plans

Update managment plans for three active grazing allotments

Tonto National Forest Motorized Travel Management

PROJECT UPDATE: In response to several requests, Neil Bosworth, Supervisor of the Tonto National Forest, has decided to extend the 45 day comment period by an additional 30 calendar days. The deadline for submitting comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been extended to September 17, 2014. As a reminder, this project is an activity implementing a land management plan and subject to the objection process described in 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. It is the responsibility of persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility to file and objection under §218.8. Individuals and originations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements in §218.25(a)(3). Names and contact information submitted with comments will become part of the public record and may be released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Analysis Completed

Sunflower Allotment Grazing Analysis

Environmental Assessment to analyze effects of continued livestock grazing on Sunflower Allotment

On Hold

Haigler Fuels Analysis

Manage timber and other woody vegetation to help maintain forest health, reduce forest fuels, and improve wildlife habitat and range conditions on approximately 43,435 acres of the Tonto National Forest.

Material Source 8541, Red Bluff Stockpile Site

Reissuance of Special Use Permit (updated to Mineral Contract for Sale), to ADOT for use of roadway maintenance material source and stockpile site.

Pinaladera WUI Fuels Management

Fuels reduction on approximately 83,558 acres south of Globe. Area includes the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area.

Cancelled

APS Mt. Ord Underground 12 kV Cable Replacement

Replace the underground 12 kV line that spurs off of FR 524 near Reno Pass to the top of Mt. Ord.

AT&T Roosevelt Dam Cellular Tower

Issue a new 10 year authorization to New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC a subsidary of AT&T Mobility LLC to operate and maintaint the existing Roosevelt Dam Cellular Communications Tower on the Tonto Basin Ranger District.

Bull and Jim Claims Uranium Drilling Exploration

Conduct exploratory drilling to assess the potential presence and depth of uranium ore deposits on both the Bull and Jim Claims. Bull: Drill one to five holes at one pad/site. Jim: Drill five holes at three different pads/sites.

Canyon, Christopher and Haigler Creeks Aquatic Habitat Enhancements

Enhance aquatic habitat in approximately 5 miles of Canyon Creek, two segments of Haigler Creek totaling 3.5 miles, and two segments of Christopher Creek totally approximately 1.5 miles all of which occur on the USFS Tonto National Forest (TNF).

Carol Spring Prescribed Fire

Treat approximately 8000 acres on Carol Spring Mountain.

Crabtree Wash Recreation Residences Permit Renewal

Renewal of permits authorizing five existing recreation residences collectively known as the Crabtree Wash Recreation Residence Tract located on the Tonto Basin Ranger District.

Cragin Water Pipeline Alternate Route

Alternate route for the Cragin Water Pipeline. Alternate route would follow already existing utility corridor for approximately 1/10th of a mile and less than 40 feet wide.

Development of Trail Management Objectives for National Forest System Trails

Development of trail management objectives for National Forest System trails on the Tonto National Forest

Globe Ranger District Recreation Residence Consistency Review and continuation Determination

Consistency Review to determine if Globe recreation residence tract is consistent with the 1985 Tonto Forest Plan as amendended.

Lower Camp Creek Road Maintenance

Update and reauthorize an existing special use permit for 1.1 mile of road 24F (lower Camp Creek Road). Special use permit authorizes road and gate maintenance. This road provides access to 18 recreation residences.

Magnetotelluric Geophysical Survey

Resolution Copper Mining, LLC proposes to conduct a magnetotelluric geophysical investigation east of Superior, AZ. Sites along survey grid would be accessed from existing roads and by foot travel.

Millsite Allotment Water Development Projects

The Mesa Ranger District is proposing to add three new 10,000 gallon storage tanks and two 600 gallon toughs to improve range condition through better livestock distribution and provide additional wildlife waters in three pastures on the allotment.

Pinto Valley Exploration Drilling

BHP Copper USA, Inc. proposes to conduct explroation drilling at three sites in areas adjacent to Pinto Valley Mine on National Forest System land.

Pleasant Valley Misc. Piles

Burn slash piles located on Pleasant Valley R.D. that are not located on an administrative site and are not covered by any other NEPA.

Red Lake 2012 Fence Relocation

Reroute roughly 1 mile of standard four strand wire fence to a better location.

Restoration Activities at Mud Spring, Walnut Spring, and Cottonwood Artesian, and Kiosk at Tonto Bas

Authorize restoration activities at Walnut Spring, Mud Spring, and Cottownwood Artesian on the Tonto Basin Ranger District in partnership with AGFD's plan to introduce two endangered fish species. Install kiosk at visitor center.

Signal Peak Communications Site #31 - GovNET, Inc. Permit Transfer

Former permit holder (Living Proof, Inc.) sold improvements on Feburary 28, 2012 to GovNET, Inc. and applied for permit revocation and transfer of permit with a new ten year term.

Southern Fuel Breaks

Construct approximately 500 acres of fuel breaks around private land contained within the Tonto National Forest.

Tanner Wildfire Salvage Sale

The Pleasant Valley Ranger District is proposing to provide a commercial salvage sale within the boundary of the Tanner Wildfire (Sept. 2011) and remove 235 acres of dead or dying trees within 250 feet of State Highway 288.

Project Archive

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