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It's done! The Coconino National Forest (NF) has released its revised Final Land and Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)


   The Coconino National Forest (NF) has released its revised Final Land and Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), along with the Record of Decision signed by Land and Resource Management Plan for the Coconino National ForestRegional Forester Cal Joyner. The documents are available for download on the Coconino NF's website: https://bit.ly/2IpUkyf. Paper and electronic copies of the plan and EIS are available at the Coconino NF's Supervisor's Office, 1824 South Thompson Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, or by calling 928-527-3600 during regular business hours.
   This revised Land and Resource Management Plan will provide direction for the next 15 years to sustainably manage the Coconino NF's unique natural resources. The revised management plan is the culmination of over a decade of collaboration between the Coconino NF, partners, stakeholders, and the public. Key provisions in the plan provide guidance to restore and/or maintain the broadest range of ecosystems of any national forest in the Southwest.
   The revised management plan provides greater flexibility on the management of wildland fires and seeks to return the forest to its historic fire regimes. It also provides more comprehensive recreation management and addresses watershed, riparian, and wildlife habitat maintenance and restoration. The revised management plan recommends three wilderness areas totaling approximately 8,700 acres.· If designated by Congress, these recommended wilderness areas would expand three designated wilderness areas (Kachina Peaks, Strawberry Crater, and Fossil Creek).
   The Coconino NF expects that a Notice of Availability (NOA) will be published in the Federal Register in May 18, 2018. The plan will go into effect 30 days after the publication of the NOA. A 90-day appeal period will begin after the publication of the legal notice in the Forest's newspaper of record, the Arizona Daily Sun. The legai notice is expected to be published concurrently with the NOA. Exact dates for the appeal period will be posted on the Coconino NF's website when they are known. Appeals must be consistent with the Optional Appeals Procedures, which can be reviewed at: https://bit.ly/2rQ2ZzL


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