Opportunities To Contribute To Coconino Forest Plan

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The draft revision of the Coconino National Forest’s Land Resource Management Plan is now available for public review and input.

There will be opportunities to learn more about specific parts of the plan and offer feedback during two public workshops, both scheduled to start promptly at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.:

Tuesday, March 1 — Flagstaff, Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66;

Wednesday, March 2 — Camp Verde, Cliff Castle Conference Center, 333 Middle Verde Road.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about specific aspects of the draft revised forest plan, and offer feedback that may also be considered in the development of plan alternatives.

The workshops will include options for breakout sessions to discuss wilderness areas, recreational settings, scenery management, plant and wildlife species.

The Flagstaff workshop will feature discussion about Anderson Mesa, East Clear Creek and Long Valley areas, while the Camp Verde workshop will feature the Verde Valley area.

Workshop agendas and other forest plan materials are posted at http://www.fs.fed.us/ r3/coconino/plan-revision.shtml. Attendees can read through those documents to prepare for discussion.

In addition to these two meetings, there are several opportunities to meet informally with members of the forest planning team during office hours from noon. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24 at Flagstaff Public Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave.,

Saturday, Feb. 26 at Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road,

Friday, March 4 at Mogollon Rim Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road, off Highway 87,

Tuesday, March 8 at Red Rock Ranger Station, 8375 Highway 179, Sedona.

The U.S. Forest Service recently released and is taking comments on a new proposed forest planning rule. The Coconino National Forest is proceeding with its plan revision efforts under the existing rule, while incorporating many elements of the new rule.

More information about the new planning rule is at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule.

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