Travel Management

The Tonto National Forest released the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision (ROD) on October 4, 2019. The 2005 Travel Management Rule requires that all National Forest System lands designate roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle travel, and with the predecisional objection process.

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 selected alternative 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;
  • 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.

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and draft ROD, along with all supporting analysis documentation are available on the project website. The draft decision was open to objection through November 18, 2019. The Southwestern Regional Office is reviewing the 13 objections received and will issue responses by February 3, 2020. Minor changes to the final SEIS are expected as a result of the objection review, after which the notice of availability (NOA) will be published in the Federal Register. The final Record of Decision will be signed 30 days after publication of the NOA (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