Agency Seeks Public Comments On Reissuing Outfitter And Guide Permits

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The Red Rock Ranger District is proposing to reissue 22 special use permits for commercial outfitters and guide activities located in the district. The district is seeking public comment on this proposal.

Under the plan, permits would be reissued without substantial changes. Non-significant changes to authorized activities, amounts of use, or locations could be made to increase compliance with the forest plan or address resource concerns. This action would not authorize new activities or new locations.

These permits have been in temporary status and reissued annually for at least five years. In some cases, they have been in annual status for 20 years.

Forest Service policy requires that these permits be converted to priority status.

For the areas of Schnebly Hill Road, Soldier Pass and Vultee Arch Road, some commercial outfitter and guide permits would be held in an annual status pending further study. The agency needs additional data to determine whether existing use complies with forest plan guidelines.

A scoping letter, map, list of existing permits and the amounts of authorized use are available on-line at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/projects/outfitter/index.shtml

Public comments are accepted in three ways:

By Mail: Attn: Outfitter/Guide Permit Reissuance, Julie Rowe, Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341

By E-mail: comments-southwestern-coconino-redrock@fs.fed.us

By Fax: Attn: Outfitter/Guide Permit Reissuance, Julie Rowe, (928)203-7539.

Comments will be used to identify potential issue with the proposed actions. The Red Rock Ranger District anticipates a decision this summer, which will go into effect on January 1, 2011.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact

Julie Rowe at (928) 203-2915.

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