The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be hosting several open house-style meetings in September 2008, to gather input about the desired future conditions in the forests. Desired conditions are one of the primary components of a revised forest land management plan.
Acting Forest Supervisor Deryl Jevons said that his planning staff has developed a draft set of desired condition statements that essentially "paint the picture" of what the forests should look like or what products they should provide in the future. "It is important that the forest plan reflects what the public desires for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests," Jevons said." These draft statements are a first attempt at addressing the three revision topics: 1) maintenance and improvement of ecosystem health, 2) managed recreation, and 3) community-forest interaction. The draft desired condition statements can be found on the forests' Web site (www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf) or may be requested by calling the supervisor's office at (928) 333-4301.
Meeting dates and locations include:
Show Low, from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Show Low Public Library, 180 N. 9th St. and from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Overgaard.