Coconino National Forest Looks To Merge Mormon Lake And Peak Offices Into One Location

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The Coconino National Forest is currently considering co-locating the Peaks and Mormon Lake Ranger District offices to a single administrative site.

Under this proposal, the existing Peaks Ranger Station and Mormon Lake Ranger Station properties would be sold to generate funds for construction of the new administrative site.

The Elden Lookout Trailhead is currently located on the Peaks administrative site and would therefore need to be relocated to a nearby site yet to be determined. This would likely involve rerouting trail access, but would not affect the existing trail system currently accessed by that trailhead, district officials said.

The two ranger districts are already operating as a single unit, under the direction of a single district ranger; co-locating into a single office will improve operational efficiency.

The new ranger station would be constructed on approximately 40 acres of National Forest System land located on Lake Mary Road adjacent to the City of Flagstaff Lake Mary Water Treatment Plant.

It will provide easy access for tourists and local public, be efficient for consolidated district activities, reduce maintenance, and allow for future expansion, officials said.

A local environmental firm, SWCA, Inc., has been contracted by the Forest Service to develop an environmental assessment of the proposal.

The environmental assess-ment is expected to be released mid-2009; sale of the existing sites and construction of the new site are anticipated to occur over the following two to four years.

Comments and questions are encouraged, as public involvement is an important aspect of this project.

For additional information and to submit comments, contact SWCA, Harmony Hall, 114 N. San Francisco St., Suite 100, Flagstaff, AZ 86001; or call (928) 774-5500.

More information related to this proposal can be found at fs.

fed.us/r3/coconino/.

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