Input Sought For Revision Of Coconino Forest Plan

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Interested members of the public are invited to engage in the revision of the Coconino National Forest’s Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).

The public will learn about the Forest Plan revision process to date, comment on current draft desired conditions for the forest and provide ideas for the development of guidelines and management approaches. Three meetings will be held between 4 p.m. amd 8:30 p.m:

Monday, Nov. 8 – Flagstaff

Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Cottonwood

Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South 6th St, Cottonwood, Arizona

86326

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Happy Jack

Happy Jack Lodge, 2 miles north of Clints Well on Forest Hwy 3

(directions at www.happyjacklodge.com).

Following the open house, a workshop on the recreation plan components will begin with a presentation at 6 p.m.

Much has changed since the current Forest Plan was approved in 1987, including public values and expectations from public lands; recreation demand and types of recreation uses; demographic and development patterns and natural resource policy. Other changes have occurred on the landscape itself.

Our knowledge about landscape processes, science, and technology has also changed. Even though amendments have been made to the Forest Plan, it no longer fully reflects the current needs of the forest and neighboring communities. Public input early and often is vital to the forest planning process.

More information can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/plan-revision.shtml.

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