Springerville — Next month the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) will host four open house-style meetings to share information and gather feedback on forest plan revision.
Last December, the ASNFs published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to revise the current forest plan and to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS). Currently, the ASNFs are drafting the range of alternatives which will be analyzed in the EIS.
As a first step, the ASNFs has developed initial drafts of alternatives, or management strategies, to address the three revision topics previously identified by the public and the Forest Service: 1) Maintenance and Improvement of Ecosystem Health, 2) Managed Recreation, and 3) Community-Forest Interaction.
The public is encouraged to review and comment on this document.
Planning Team Leader Michelle Davalos said, “We want to make sure these alternatives capture people’s main concerns. We hope to finalize the range of alternatives by early May so we can then begin the analysis required for the EIS.”
The open house meetings will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide feedback on these draft alternatives. Meeting dates, times, and locations are as follows:
• Clifton, Monday, April 12, 4-7 p.m., Greenlee County Government Building, 253 5th Street;
• Heber-Overgaard, Wednesday, April 14, 4-7 p.m., Black Mesa Ranger District, 2748 E. State Highway 260;
• Show Low, Thursday, April 15, 4-7 p.m., Show Low Public Library, 180 N. 9th Street
• Eagar, Monday, April 19, 4-7 p.m., Round Valley Public Library, 179 S. Main;
Draft alternatives are available electronically at www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/plan_revision. Printed copies are also available by contacting the Supervisor’s Office (928) 333-4301 or TTY (928) 333-6292.
Comments can be submitted by mail: Plan Revision Team, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Supervisor’s Office, P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, comments will be most useful if received by April 30.