Objection Period For Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project Has Started


Heber Overgaard’s Oktoberfest that was held Sept. 17 at Bison Ranch had many vendors on hand showing off their arts and crafts as well as booths by civic organizations.

Heber Overgaard’s Oktoberfest that was held Sept. 17 at Bison Ranch had many vendors on hand showing off their arts and crafts as well as booths by civic organizations. |

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A definitive change in the feel of the weather is on hand in the mornings and evenings as our temperatures begin to fall.

Our nighttime temperatures are reaching into the mid 40s signaling the impending arrival of fall weather. A rogue, almost stationary thunderstorm visited just north of the Heber Overgaard area Tuesday.

The seasonal drop in evening temperature that evening quieted that storm as evening progressed from the lack of thermal uptake normal in storms at this time of year. The forecast is for a chance of rain over this weekend with highs in the mid- to upper-70s and lows in the mid 40s.

As of Sept. 14, a 30-day objection period for initiation of a project as defined in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Rim Lakes Forest Restoration project is under way.

The Rim Lakes Forest Restoration project, approximately 33,000 acres in size, proposes forest restoration treatments through uneven-aged thinning of trees and broadcast burning, in ponderosa pine, pine-oak, and dry mixed conifer forest stands on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. These vegetation treatments will be applied along the Mogollon Rim west of and in the vicinity of Forest Lakes, Ariz.

It is stated that objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted written comments specific to the proposed authorized hazardous fuel reduction project either during scoping or other periods in which public comment was specifically requested on the EA.

When the objection-filing period has ended and responses have been made to all objections by the reviewing officer and responsible official, Forest Supervisor Chris Knopp will make a final decision on the proposed project.

“We are excited to see this move forward. The hard work of many employees and interested individuals and groups, who had previously provided comments, has come together on this important forest restoration project,” said Knopp.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment are available upon request and for more information, contact the Black Mesa Ranger Station at (928) 535-7300.

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