Travel Management

The Notice of Availability of the Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement (Revised FEIS) was posted in the Federal Register on May 28, 2021 for Travel Management on the Tonto National Forest. The Record of Decision will be signed no sooner than 30 days after publication of the revised FEIS in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The 2005 Travel Management Rule requires that all National Forest System lands designate roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle travel.

The final Travel Management Rule requires motor vehicles to be restricted to designated roads, trails, and areas as shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The decision restricts off-road motor vehicle use; and designates:

  • Approximately 3,700 miles of roads and motorized trails open to the public;
  • Eight OHV areas where travel off designated system roads and motorized trails is permitted;
  • Three additional permit zones;
  • Motor vehicle use solely for retrieving legally harvested elk and bear for all hunts up to 1 mile on both sides of all designated roads and motorized trails where not prohibited by other laws;
  • Motor vehicle use for dispersed camping on approximately 91 miles of full-sized motorized trails that access nearly 2,750 inventoried existing dispersed camping sites; and
  • The use of motorized vehicles off of designated system roads and motorized trails to aid in the collection of permitted personal fuelwood within the designated fuelwood cutting areas.

All documentation related to this project can be found on the project website. A Draft Supplemental EIS was issued on April 5, 2019 for a 45-day comment period, and a final SEIS and a second Draft Record of Decision (DROD) was issued on Oct. 4, 2019 for a 45-day objection period. The forest received twelve objections within the filing period, and response letters were sent from the Reviewing Official on Feb. 19, 2020. The Record of Decision details how the forest addressed the Reviewing Official’s instructions to the Forest Supervisor. The Record of Decision can be signed 30 days after publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Revised FEIS (40 CFR 1506.10(b)(2).

For further information, please contact either:

Greg Schuster
Motorized Travel Management Project Lead
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85006
(602) 225-5362
Email

Devin Quintana
Public Services Staff Officer
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 225-5257
Email



Key Contacts

If you have questions or concerns about the plan revision process feel free to contact the planning team at (602) 225-5200 or by email at SM.FS.tontoplan@usda.gov.

You can also reach us at 2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006

  • Kenna Belsky, Forest Planner
  • Beth Rumpza, Assistant Forest Planner
  • Robert Madera, Forest Botanist and Ecological Lead
  • Jay Olson, Wildlife Biologist


https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fsbdev3_018761