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    Author(s): Marcos Roybal; Elizabeth Munding; Tom Runyon; Janie Agyagos; Matt O’Neill; Ted Neff; Adam Barnett; Steve Overby; Sarah Belcher; Kristen Waltz; Nicole Branton; Debbie Hom; Bjorn Fredrickson; Kyung Koh; Patrick McGervey; Charlotte Minor; Jennifer Burns; Larry Vogel; Travis Bone; Amina Sena; Judy Adams; Grant Loomis; Rory Steinke; Mike Childs; Laura Moser; Debbie Cress; Polly Haessig; Mark Schwab
    Date: 2018
    Source: Flagstaff, AZ: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino National Forest. 433 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    This draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) documents the environmental effects analysis of six alternatives (including a “no action” alternative) that were developed for the draft Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River. To meet the requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, this project proposes a CRMP that formally designates the boundaries of the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River; describes Fossil Creek’s river values (free flow, water quality, and outstandingly remarkable values); addresses user capacities; provides programmatic direction to guide management of Fossil Creek under the CRMP; proposes management actions that would support implementation of the CRMP; and outlines a monitoring and adaptive management program, all with the purpose of protecting and enhancing Fossil Creek’s river values. The alternatives analyzed in this DEIS are the outcome of the public engagement and planning process that has followed designation of Fossil Creek as a Wild and Scenic River in 2009, and consist of Alternative A (No Action), Alternative B (Enhanced Protections), Alternative C (Non-motorized experience), Alternative D (Motorized Use and Refugia), Alternative E (Enhanced Recreation Opportunity with Phased Implementation), and Alternative F (Demand-based Access). These alternatives consider varying amounts of recreation and transportation infrastructure, amenities, and user capacities, but also hold many elements in common, such as river values, management direction, monitoring and adaptive management, and the overall goal of protecting and enhancing river values. All alternatives propose programmatic amendments of the Coconino and Tonto forest plans.

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    Roybal, Marcos; Munding, Elizabeth; Runyon, Tom; Agyagos, Janie; O’Neill, Matt; Neff, Ted; Barnett, Adam; Overby, Steve; Belcher, Sarah; Waltz, Kristen; Branton, Nicole; Hom, Debbie; Fredrickson, Bjorn; Koh, Kyung; McGervey, Patrick; Minor, Charlotte; Burns, Jennifer; Vogel, Larry; Bone, Travis; Sena, Amina; Adams, Judy; Loomis, Grant; Steinke, Rory; Childs, Mike; Moser, Laura; Cress, Debbie; Haessig, Polly; Schwab, Mark. 2018. Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River: Draft environmental impact statement for the Comprehensive River Management Plan. Flagstaff, AZ: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino National Forest. 433 p.


    Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River, comprehensive river management plans, wild and scenic rivers, environmental impact statements, NEPA, planning, management

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